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...RESPONSES Response What’s Black, Then White, and Said All Over? In the essay “What’s Black, Then White, and SaidAll Over?” Savan uses the phrase “paying the dues” when she talks about the use of the black language by the white people. Close reading of the text reveals that the term “paying the dues” refers to the recognition of the struggle and suffering of the black people went through in creating and popularizing most of the words in use today. In other words, Savan means that in creating these words, the African American people paid a price that many people do not recognize today. As a result, white people use black language without paying much attention to the origin... , paying the dues...