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Recently, a young woman told me that this generation of Americans was “the most diverse in American history.” The assumption was that across the span of that history, there was some immutable group of racial categories whose numbers we could compare. I am not sure this holds up. Biracial is a new category for America, but it is not clear to me that today there are relatively more children of black and white unions than there were in the past. We certainly are more apt to acknowledge them as such, and that is a good thing. Nevertheless, the assumption of that “something new” is happening “racially,” that these terms are somehow constant is one of the great, and underestimated, barriers to understanding the case for reparations.

How Racism Invented Race in America, Ta-Nahisi Coates

barbotrobot submitted to medievalpoc:

In which Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses the invention of race.

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iggytheautoreiv:

Some gorgeously animated .gifs from Flex. I highly recommend you check his stuff out!

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jsmooth995:

The List of Rules for Women.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance
clockworkworlds clockworkworlds Said:

miniprof:

rsbenedict:

prettyboyshyflizzy:

you a bitch

It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.

So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.

What’s more, it’s been shown that copula deletion occurs in AAVE exactly in those contexts where copula contraction occurs in so-called “Standard American English.” That is, the basic sentence “You are great” can become “You’re great” in SAE and “You great” in AAVE, but “I know who you are” cannot become “I know who you’re” in SAE, and according to reports, neither can you get “I know who you” in AAVE.

In other words, AAVE is a set of grammatical rules just as complex and systematic as SAE, and the widespread belief that it is not is nothing more than yet another manifestation of deeply internalized racism.

yourscientistfriend:

Labor Day 2014
In Ferguson
Credit to the young man that I listed above.

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