What The Hell? The DEA Is Seeking Ebonics Translators For Their Atlanta Offices

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DEA fluent in Ebonics

SMH. The United States Federal government — the Department of Justice to be exact — is actually looking to hire nine new linguists for the Atlanta field office who are fluent in EBONICS. Yes, you read that right. We’re blaming Gucci Mane for this… And OJ Da Juicemain… And Waka…

The Department of Justice is seeking to hire linguists fluent in Ebonics to help monitor, translate, and transcribe the secretly recorded conversations of subjects of narcotics investigations, according to federal records.

A maximum of nine Ebonics experts will work with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta field division, where the linguists, after obtaining a “DEA Sensitive” security clearance, will help investigators decipher the results of “telephonic monitoring of court ordered nonconsensual intercepts, consensual listening devices, and other media”

In addition to the nine Ebonics experts, the DEA’s Atlanta office also requires linguists for eight other languages, including Spanish (144 linguists needed); Vietnamese (12); Korean (9); Farsi (9); and Jamaican patois (4). The Atlanta field division, one of the DEA’s busiest, is the only office seeking linguists well-versed in Ebonics. Overall, the “majority of DEA’s language requirements will be for Spanish originating in Central and South America and the Caribbean,” according to one contract document.

Additionally, while “technology plays a major role in the DEA’s efforts, much of its success is increasingly dependent upon rapid and meticulous understanding of foreign languages used in conversations by speakers of languages other than English and in the translation, transcription and preparation of written documents.”

The DEA spends around $70 million a year on linguistic service programs!!! Wow.

If this isn’t some fu*kery… SMH.



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  • Sanriobaby =^.^=


    Is it really that f*cked up? With all the new made up words coming out everyday, I don’t know how most of us can keep up, lol. So what, they need an interpreter, southern slang is like a another language so why wouldn’t the DEA need someone on staff that can translate. The whole thing is funny though.

  • Iowafinest1

    WOW!!! Does this surprise you…just another way white people label people of color!!!

  • Resh

    lol I want to apply for the job!

  • Marquis de Sade

    Hey, i’m black and even I can’t decipher most of what these young ns’ be talkin’ bout…In fact, this reminds me of the first season of THE WIRE. :lol:

  • AtlmestuckinDC

    I would love this job!

    • her?yeahher

      federal ebonics linguists = snitches

  • White Rob


    Speak normal english and this wont happen.

  • Right

    But why would you be talking like that at an office? Leave that stuff in the streets. You can use google or ask somebody they know what those kids be saying it’s not that hard to find out.

    Ebonics is not that deep it’s not like it’s English Creole.

  • sunflower

    A waste of money. Give them a copy of “urban dictionary”

  • coldt7

    I always said white folks weren’t very smart people.And this garbage proves my point.This has got to be one of the dumbest this i’ve ever heard in life.

    • her?yeahher

      this so-called “ebonics” is a dialect of black american culture, every cultre and sub-culture has their own ways of speaking slang, the problem is when blacks don’t learn how to speak regular english, then you become marginalized as ignorant and ghetto. this is a problem of our own doing and can easily be corrected thru education in the home and in school.

  • 2Sweet

    I’d be good at that job. Although I save the ebonics strictly for @ home use. Lmao!

  • Baybaybay

    Hey I’m all for it this gives 9 black people jobs during a recession so that’s a good thing.

  • Mels

    Shame Ebonics should never be a language. I know everyone has a dialect, I’m South American and we have our own dialect but I damn well know how to speak proper English. Its a shame when some blacks only speak ebonics as if its a black way of life. Wish a black person the best in that job but if they are looking for an educated blk person who knows all that ebony garbage good luck. This should be a wake up call cause the chit I hear black people say and poor kids repeat it cause they don’t know better.

  • Candid Canuck

    imma side with the feds on this one. racist or not this is a good idea.

  • SEE!!

    see what happens when you dont go to school?

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