Apartments in Hong Kong

Apartments in Hong Kong

A message from Anonymous
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
A reply from prettyboyshyflizzy

you a bitch

miniprof:

rsbenedict:

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.

this is such a wonderful poem damn

sophiakatz:

sarahjeanalex:

every community has good people and bad people. sometimes the bad people exploit you. sometimes they abuse you. sometimes they have sex with you against your will. this is always called rape. this is always a time to support the victim.

sophia has been very brave to write this piece. i lived with this man for a year and never expected the extent of his evilness. i’ve become less and less surprised by the frequent stories i’ve heard surrounding him, and it is always heartbreaking and vile. it is important that the indie lit scene recognizes those that are taking advantage of the very young women in it.

an enormous thanks to sarah jean. she has been a huge support in getting this piece out.

so proud of tone for this feature damn this video turned out a beauty

livemylief:

i’m already two episodes into my new poetry podcast! can you believe. in episode 2 i discuss and read from laura goldstein’s poetry. pls check it out and leave a comment if you have time ! go here to hear it

livemylief:

i’m already two episodes into my new poetry podcast! can you believe. in episode 2 i discuss and read from laura goldstein’s poetry. pls check it out and leave a comment if you have time ! go here to hear it