The rightful return of Ebonics/AAVE

2 min readJan 10, 2024

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LOS ANGELES (AP) —Underneath the surface of “slang” and “dialects” lies a symphony of heritage, resilience, and lyrical genius. AAVE, Gullah, and Louisiana Creole, often misunderstood as mere variations, are vibrant vernaculars steeped in the rich tapestry of African American history. These languages, born from the crucible of slavery and discrimination, transcended oppression to become testaments to cultural identity, weaving threads of West African roots with threads of American experience.

Imagine the rhythmic sway of Gullah proverbs, carrying wisdom passed down through generations on Carolina Sea Islands. Hear the syncopated beats of Louisiana Creole, echoing the vibrant spirit of New Orleans’ joie de vivre. Feel the soulful cadence of AAVE, pulsating with the stories of struggle and triumph that define the African American experience.

These vernaculars are not just tools of communication; they are portals to understanding the complexities of Black history and identity. They challenge linguistic norms, forcing us to listen beyond surface assumptions and appreciate the unique beauty and power within.

And now, there is a wonderful wave of renewed interest, curiosity, and, most importantly, pride in using AAVE/Ebonics idioms, phrases and colloquialisms. Especially among the youth. It’s so exciting to see AAVE/Ebonics making a comeback, with online marketplaces like Ebonictees, a black owned Denver startup, leading the charge! Taking a page from HipHop’s long lasting journey, the team at Ebonictees hopes to forge the language even further into the World’s vernacular usage. All along firmly in belief that what they are bringing forth is not racial/cultural appropriation, but instead racial/cultural appreciation.

From Maya Angelou’s poignant prose infused with AAVE to Beyoncé’s anthems pulsing with Creole rhythms, these languages are finding their rightful place in the literary and musical landscapes of America. The tide is turning, and vernaculars once deemed “inferior” are now recognized as vital threads in the fabric of American culture.

So, the next time you hear the melodic flow of Gullah storytelling, the infectious groove of Louisiana Creole, or the rhythmic poetry of AAVE, remember: you’re not just listening to words, you’re witnessing the echoes of history, the pulse of resilience, and the vibrant symphony of a rich cultural heritage.

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