"hell I even write in C so what do I know?"
Perhaps you know how to actually write a program that solves a problem rather than simply wasting time writing bindings to tie the underlying operating system to your "fancy cool modern" language of choice?
But I'm just a C++ developer so what do I know? (Other than wasting all my time trying to get RAII to play ball with the underlying native C libraries, dangerously close to a binding layer ;).
tldr; C is great. Its been a hard week wrangling C++ and Java!