- feeling some type of way
- snow queen
- game on point
- serving up looks/ aethetics
- throwing shade
- fierce (White gays will never let this one go)
- gave me life
- giving me all my life
I feel as if you aren’t understanding how languages work. Languages are the definition of appropriation. English more than most. There is not a word in the american english language that didn’t come from some other culture. This is especially true of dialects in the same country. To use regional (as opposed to racial) appropriation as an example, “Ya’ll” used to be quintessentially southern, and it was never found outside the American Southeast (and texas). Now it’s slowly creeping everywhere.
If a particular dialect is widely spoken across the country by one group of people, other people are going to adopt words from it to become part of the common vernacular. Asking for this not to happen is like asking cities to stop growing; It’s an unavoidable process of the progression of society.
I can see how the appropriation of the dialect makes people angry, after all it was yours, you created it. But society is by nature a copycat. I don’t see how language-appropriation is racist.
I feel like you’re White.
I feel as if you’re ignoring the blatant difference in treatment by Black people who use AAVE.
I feel as if you’re ignoring the fact that Black people have to code switch in order to sound “articulate” and that our dialect is considered uneducated.
I feel as if you’re choosing forget the fact that these terms and phrases are used by White people without the same consequences as when Black people use them.
I feel as if you’re a fucking asshole who decided to patronize me with your pseudo-linguistics class.
I feel like White people need to learn how to respect AAVE before they even -think- about using it.
I feel like you can go fuck yourself.
You think I’m angry that languages and words evolve? You missed the whole point.
I’m angry that if I talk the way I was brought up to I’m treated as if I’m the dumbest human being around. I’m angry that White people have these bullshit standards with which they define “professionalism”, but that these standards only really apply if you aren’t White.
I’m angry that White gays think they’ve got a Black woman inside them as if our women are a caricature or a costume.
I’m angry that this belief leads them to appropriate AAVE and but then disappear if a Black queer needs allyship, support, aide, or if anyone tells them how they’re acting is harmful they respond with I CAN’T BE RACIST I’M GAY.
I’m angry that you come on a post that wasn’t for you and think this small space in which I attempt to reclaim some words should make room for your bullshit “I don’t see how it’s racist so it isn’t” commentary.