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

- By Bossip Staff

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. 😆

  • 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?

  • what dat???

    half the time i dont know what mofo be sayin

  • herudagod

    It’s for more slang they can mimick,exploit and get paid off of from black culture.

  • Sabrina The Teenage Bytch

    “Ebonics” is not difficult to understand.

    I swear white people are getting a little ridiculous. smfh

    Just another subliminal racist act of white people.

  • redbonearies321

    First off lmao…ok now that I’ve done that, I’m going to slide with the Feds as well. I don’t know if I would have singled it out as Ebonics, rather, its an every changing “vocabulary” AKA street slang. I think, though hilarious is a legitimate requirement– I know I have been like “now wth did he/she just say”? Lol

  • Miss me with tha Bullsheet.........

    <—-Shaking my damn head!!..really!! But I guess if you'll call your own self a bytch you'd see a problem with it and find a way to blame white folks….I understand its slang unfortunately a lot of the youth use it in every sphere of their life like its the thing to do and the heavier on the Dat's & Dem's the better as if its a cute or a way of reppin Atlanta…..

  • Marquis de Sade

    With all due respect, darlin’, but you’ve just over-simplified the DEA’s current delimma…Now you know, and I know that today’s urban slang + its’ many varied regional accents, colloquialisms and quirks goes way beyond “YO HOMIE I’M GONNA BE POSTED UP ON THE BLOCK LATER ON” 😆

  • Kim

    If you visit the DEA’s career website which takes you to the USAJOBS site where you apply for any fed’l job, there’s no evidence of these jobs.

  • Voice of Reason

    Why don’t you all go and do a little research on the history of “ebonics” before you type your ignorant rants.

    First, @ Mels, you stated that you know “proper English”, well can you explain to me what your definition of that is “cause” because and cause have two different definitions in “proper English”, yet you use them interchangeble. I’m sorry, is that a part of your dialect ?

    @Marquis de Sade, you can’t understand what these “ns’ be talkin about” yet if your writing skills are a clue to your verbal skills you’re right on track with those young n’s (notice my placement of the ‘ compared to yours for starters).

    Furthermore, to about 90 % of the other posters on this topic, you all obviously have no idea what you’re talking about. Ebonics is NOT slang. Go take a few lingustics courses before you deem yourself experts in language. The American English that you all speak IS NOT “PROPER ENGLISH”. In fact, there’s actually no such thing as correct or incorrect language.

    • Marquis de Sade

      Uhhh, I purposely write in slang for effect and shyts n’ giggles…Trust, in the real world, I can speak fluent JOB INTERVIEW. 😆

    • Marquis de Sade

      Oh, btw, you forgot to place a comma (,) in between “SKILLS” and “YOU’RE”…But i’m sure with your SUPERIOR knowledge in grammar, punctuation, and linguistics, this was just an oversight caused by your overzealousness to prove to me and everyone else your prowess regardin’ DA’ KING’S ENGLISH. 😆


      Voice, I said this to somebody else and I’m gonna say the same to you…your level of expectation is too high for this site. This is a gossip site; the “news” stories are loosely put together, and the conversations are loose, as well (just as it should be for this type of site). People come here to hang loose, not be critiqued on every word they type. You’re a$$uming people don’t know linguistics based on what you see here, and I am saying there are folks on here, like myself, who intentionally use slang, because it’s a more relaxed venue. If you’re looking for the correct spelling, grammar, or “proper english,” there are other, more tightly wound sites, like CNN, where the level of expectation may be higher. That’s all.

  • http://yahoo.com Matinigal

    One one hand this sh!t is funny, and on the other hand it’s not. I dont know if this is sader than blk folks speaking on tv and at the bottom it’s in subtitle. Oh well, I guess somebody has a job.

  • http://yahoo.com Matinigal

    Oops, I ment *on*

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