The worst of all possible things that could happen would be to lose that language [that black people love so much]. There are certain things I cannot say without recourse to my language. It’s terrible to think that a child with five different present tenses comes to school to be faced with those books that are less than his own language. And then to be told things about his language, which is him, that are sometimes permanently damaging… This is a really cruel fallout of racism. I know the Standard English. I want to use it to help restore the other language, the lingua franca.
1. He ø runnin. Standard American English (SAE )= He is running.
2. He be runnin. SAE = He is usually running or He will/would be running.
3. He be steady runnin. SAE = He is usually running in an intensive, sustained manner, or He will/would be running in an intensive, sustained manner.
4. He(’s) been/bin runnin. SAE He has been running–at some earlier point, but probably not now.
Other examples: I been knowing her. SAE = I have known her.
About eleven o’clock he been eating. SAE = … he was eating.
5. He BEEN/BIN runnin’. SAE = He has been running for a long time, and still is.
-This is a use of the African American English (AAE) stressed been/remote BIN.
s series of things breaking down or apart leave me seeking nourishment. she’s right - i have been eating excessive amounts of junk, mostly dairy, which will fuck you up, lactose intolerant or not, and watching junk tv dramas that neither inspire or educate, and playing the junk self-hate talk over and over in my mind.
i look forward to new context. a five hour car ride with a woman who is a complete stranger to me but a good friend to my good friend. whenever we reach the adirondacks, i’ll go analog. me, the k1000 and rolls of film, the notebook and pen. before the ceremony, i hope i get to take a walk. i hope two really dark, starry skies will be the catalyst for sounder sleep and good dreams. i’ll be amongst many familiar faces but, besides the bride, there won’t be a friend in the bunch. what kinds of new conversation can i create over two days? i cannot wait to smell that air, listen to the nights, take in the stories and offer one and make meaning.
I can especially relate to the junk ideas, it’s one of the ways to shut down thought without seeming to.
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