"Barnard says that one of the most striking patterns in his research is the degree to which criminal justice officials could not understand any of what they were told by defendants." atlasobscura.com/articles/thie

Of course it backfires somewhat, because if the oppressors can have disdain for the language of the poor, it's one more dehumanization. But it also provides pride and exclusion for the dispossessed.

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Note: by "exclusion" I mean the closing of an in-group against all others; this is a necessary survival mechanism for the repressed and dispossessed.

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