I just read this interesting article about Ebonics. I’ve never thought about the subject much before because yay, white privilege!
TBH if I’d ever given it any thought, I would have assumed that Ebonics (or patois or any other variation of English that anyone speaks) has a consistent grammar to it. That part wasn’t a revelation to me. But the article and comments directly connecting the dots that the consistent grammar makes these things dialects, not just a stupid messing-up of English, kinda made a lightbulb go off on my brain. I’ve seen people dismiss black people who use lots of slang as stupid, and I’ve kind of internalized that. But languages grow and change and certain pockets of people will develop language in different directions than others and this is just a human thing that is totally unrelated to intelligence.
And ugh, the thought of being black and an actor and having to say lines written by clueless white folks trying to make the dialogue sound “black”. That would suuuuuck.