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Day 73: An Open Letter to White People

Dear White People,

Black people have the amazing ability of being able to switch between AAVE and Standard English. It’s not some rare superpower and it doesn’t take a lot of effort. It doesn’t mean we’re being “fake” and it definitely doesn’t mean we’re uneducated. It’s simply a necessary skill that we learn very early on in life.

You see, in order to get you people to take us seriously, we have to know how to speak damn near impeccable Standard English. (Even when our grammar, spelling, punctuation, and diction are completely perfect some of you still don’t give us the respect we deserve. But that’s a post for another time.) When we’re with family or friends however, we may (and often do) switch to AAVE. Why? Well, partly because we have a certain level of familiarity with your friends and family that we just don’t have with the random white person on the street or on the internet. Another reason is we just want to. You know what? That’s perfectly fine too.

If you can’t handle or don’t like the way we easily switch between AAVE and Standard English, I strongly suggest you leave our conversations. Not talking to us and not intruding in our conversations is a really good way to avoid that. We won’t miss your opinions and unsolicited advice. I promise.

Sincerely,
A black woman who has no problem switching between AAVE and Standard English.

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One thought on “Day 73: An Open Letter to White People

  1. AAVE is a valid dialect of American Engish, just like Cockney is a dialect of British English. As an American dialect, it’s one of the most widely used (others are Cajun, Yeshiva, Pennsylvania Dutch, Latinx Dialects and some regional dialects – reference https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dialects_of_the_English_language#North_America )

    I’m white, and think that white people need to stop getting bent out of shape over it.

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