John McWhorter teaches linguistics and Western Civilization at Columbia University. He has also taught on the history of black musical theatre.
He was widely consulted by the media during the Oakland Ebonics controversy of 1997, and has written a book on dialects and Black English, The Word on the Street. He is also the author of Authentically Black, The Power of Babel, and Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care and The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language.
He has written on race issues for City Journal, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, and appeared onDateline NBC, Politically Incorrect, Talk of the Nation, and Good Morning America.