John Sheehan, S.J. (Jesuit priest)
The worst of all possible things that could happen would be to lose that language [that black people love so much]. There are certain things I cannot say without recourse to my language. It’s terrible to think that a child with five different present tenses comes to school to be faced with those books that are less than his own language. And then to be told things about his language, which is him, that are sometimes permanently damaging… This is a really cruel fallout of racism. I know the Standard English. I want to use it to help restore the other language, the lingua franca.
1. He ø runnin. Standard American English (SAE )= He is running.
2. He be runnin. SAE = He is usually running or He will/would be running.
3. He be steady runnin. SAE = He is usually running in an intensive, sustained manner, or He will/would be running in an intensive, sustained manner.
4. He(’s) been/bin runnin. SAE He has been running–at some earlier point, but probably not now.
Other examples: I been knowing her. SAE = I have known her.
About eleven o’clock he been eating. SAE = … he was eating.
5. He BEEN/BIN runnin’. SAE = He has been running for a long time, and still is.
-This is a use of the African American English (AAE) stressed been/remote BIN.
My mother Toni Morrison on AAVE (via howtobeterrell)
this is for whoever was telling me that AAVE isn’t a real thing… UGH
Note how precise each AAVE phrase is.
Cries from perfection
For anyone who thinks aave is just slang.
American schools need an entirely new approach to language altogether. Teachers need to learn that it’s not a question of “good English” versus “bad English,” but that EVERYBODY speaks a dialect, and no dialect is better than any other. They need to shift from teaching kids “how to speak” to teaching kids how best to translate their thoughts to Standard English. The kids already know how to speak.
Language acquisition requires exposure, but kids (or Southern kids, at least) are taught for only one hour a day that their natural dialects are bad and Standard English is extremely important… then for the rest of the day they’re taught by teachers who don’t bother to make sure they’re exposing the kids to Standard English. Or worse, they’re taught by white teachers who tell them that African American dialect is bad but white Southern dialect is okay.
I Liliʻuokalani, by the Grace of God and under the Constitution of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Queen, do hereby solemnly protest against any and all acts done against myself and the Constitutional Government of the Hawaiian Kingdom by certain persons claiming to have established a Provisional Government of and for this Kingdom.
That I yield to the superior force of the United States of America whose Minister Plenipotentiary, His Excellency John L. Stevens, has caused United States troops to be landed at Honolulu and declared that he would support the Provisional Government.
Now to avoid any collision of armed forces, and perhaps the loss of life, I do this under protest and impelled by said force yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon facts being presented to it, undo the action of its representatives and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the Constitutional Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.
Queen Liliʻuokalani’s statement yielding authority.
^THIS RIGHT HERE IS WHY HAWAIIANS ARE NOT THRILLED TO BE A PART OF AMERICA. Do not expect them to “lei” you as you get off the plane cause they want to, not because they are getting paid and have to work at least two jobs to make their rent.
Hawai’i, “paradise” was stolen, and its people forced into a system that stripped them of their land then made them work for slave wages to even live on it.
Yeah, tell me again how great America is, I dare you.
that is some shit. bullhonkey, specifically.
I don’t get this idea that if someone is educated on a topic and yet their beliefs wrt that topic differ from yours, they’re automatically the one who’s wrong.
Like, there’s tons and tons of research and debate out there on every single social, political or economic issue … but people just choose to believe what the folks on Facebook tell them?
Nobody claims to be an expert on electrical engineering just because they use electricity in their house, but everybody thinks they’re an expert on social issues just because they live in a society.
Honestly, there’s no point in getting an education in a field like international relations or politics or sociology.
There’s always gonna be a middle-aged man who knows more about your field than you do because he “watches a lot of news” or “reads a lot of books from the 40’s.”
The genius of the US government is that it can get away with spending money on absolutely anything it wants, because no matter how it actually spends people’s taxes, everybody will just blame the poor.