On November 5, 2017, I attended a film screening at the African American Research Library titled “Talking Black in America”. Prior to actually reading the description of the event, I assumed that it would be a critical discussion of Black life and what it means to be Black right now in America. Boy I could not have been more wrong! The event was literally centered around Black American English with a panel consisting of a linguist and two hip hop artists. Withing the past two weeks it seems as if work in my English 1102 and my African American Studies class have collided under the theme “linguistic discrimination and stereotypes” and infiltrated my personal life. When my English class first began I named my website “Brae Ebonics” for reasons I considered to be a lingually “informal” l way to address black issues, but apart from me not even knowing what linguistics was I did not even recognize that all my life I had been a victim of linguistic discrimination. From the first day of public school I was implicitly taught to internalize the linguistic stereotypes. I can’t speak for other discriminated or oppressed persons but when different forums of discrimination began to become more transparent and intelligible I became angry. I became disappointed in my mom, my favorite teachers, and myself because not only have we allowed ourselves to accept the idea that our culture is inferior, but because we pressed the gas and kept the car rolling.
Towards the end of the film, the “urbanization of Ebonics” within inner cities became the main focus. I began to take notes because my projects on the N-word falls exactly under this title. The N-word is one of many words included in this urbanizing process of Ebonics. As I am taking notes on the film, four main points leading up to the urbanization of are given throughout the entire documentary.
- Transformation- (urbanization)