human, wife, mother, bibliophile, blerd, afrofuturistic, vegan foodie, lover of curry, Brooklyn ex-pat. drinking plant-based milk since the 80's...
grown enough to post what I want.
|The US Government:||We're not going to make it federally mandatory for people to get paid a wage they can actually live off of|
|The US Government:||If people want to make a living, they'll just have to work 16+ hours a day|
|The US Government:||And if their kids end up disenfranchised because of a lack of parental involvement, well that's not our problem|
|The US Government:||In fact, what is our problem is creating a system that will funnel these disenfranchised youth into our prison system so they can work for corporations (that promise us money) for damn near free|
|The US Government:||If they don't want to fall victim to this system, then they can seek higher education|
|The US Government:||Except such an education will be inaccessible to most disenfranchised people and skewed in favor of the financially stable and white people|
|The US Government:||And we're not going to make intervention programs like sex education and conflict resolution federally mandatory, because that's the parent's job|
|The US Government:||The parent who is working 16 hours a day|
Well, the young Sister was born in the Sudan her family arrived on the shores of the US as a refugees fleeing the conflicts in her nation.
She insisted that she was an African and that we Black Americans were not Africans but Americans.
She was asked about the nationality of the Arabs in her nation that drove so many of her people from their native lands, the Arabs who’d shown nothing but utter contempt for Africans. We informed her that her definition of an African, “being born in Africa,” applied to many Racist Whites, Asians, and Arabs who’d invaded Africa generations ago, and have done nothing but attack the African people, and rob Africa of its resources. We asked her how she could accept them as Africans, but reject the African Diaspora and say they are not “real Africans.” She didn’t have an answer for that at the time the issue was presented to her.
We then asked if her children, if born in the US, would be American or Sudanese, she responded they would be Sudanese, then we asked about her grandchildren, if they were born in the US what would they be, and she responded “Sudanese!” We then asked her how long would it be before she was an American, how long would she have to be here to no longer be Sudanese and become a non-African, and to be a full American. We wanted to know how many generations before he family was no longer African. She said she would always be Sudanese, and her decedents would be Sudanese and Africans. We told here that that’s the same way we of the African Diaspora feel.
To start with, it’s called ‘Thug Kitchen’. “Thug” is shorthand for black male; regardless of how strictly you might try to adhere to respectability politics (i.e. cultivating an image for yourself that lets white people know you’re not like those black people), if you’re black and male you’re still seen as a thug who’s guilty of something a la Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, etc. (Here’s an article about the racist use of the word “thug” throughout the Trayvon Martin trial.)
On no planet can these white yuppies use the word “thug” without racial implications or realistically deny that those implications are intentional. There’s a reason why they were anonymous until the release of their cookbook.
Second, it’s not just swear words, they use African American Vernacular English (AAVE, or “ebonics”) and make the conscious decision to infuse it with vulgar language, which is, by the way, racist since AAVE is not innately vulgar. That’s just their interpretation of what it means to be a “thug”. AAVE is a dialect like any other, using it does not reflect any aspect of your personhood, your intelligence, your class, your education, etc, all it means is that you grew up Black in America, or that your language is influenced by Black people you grew up with.
"All up in", "Ain’t nobody got time for that", etc are examples of AAVE. If you read an interview with these people you’ll notice they don’t speak in AAVE naturally (some non-black folks grow up with AAVE; that is not the case here). They’re just white people who swear a lot. They could have created their corny brand around that vulgarity alone but the addition of AAVE and the "thug" archetype are exploitative and RACIST. The language they’re using is the joke. When black people make jokes that involve AAVE, the language is just the mode of delivery. Everything about this is a mockery and it’s embarrassing, I hope the realization that these people are making money off this minstrel show inspires a serious backlash.
whit people are getting on my nerves more and more every day.
So this is basically literary blackface.