Slang is something that I kind of actively learned and I think now it was a dip in the water of my immersion stage (Cross, 1976). I went to all white schools but it was my district’s fault haha. I became really ~uppity~ because I was so secluded from other black folks. But in actively attempting to learn slang I realized it wasn’t all broken grammar & made up words, it’s an actual system
in this case, Ebonics/AAVE which of course isn’t universal amongst all black people
and now when it slips into conversation I guess it sounds trendy or something and I get tired of having to explain I grew up in this element I’m not doing it for your exotification. Again, they die early.
Not to mention that AAVE also changes by REGION. And a lot of its foundation comes from the South because of how a lot of white people used to talk a long time ago… ironic considering the hate AAVE gets from the descendants of those same white people who are blissfully unaware that the speech patterns that their great-great-great-granddaddy spoke with influenced how a decent portion of black americans speak today.
MIND BLOWN RIGHT?!
Gurl look at that knowledge (aah~)
I always laugh at (southern) white folks that tut-tut about AAVE and I’m like “say a whole sentence without one ‘to be’ verb” because I promise you they still talk like that down here, but good point about it varying by region.
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