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How do you feel / what goes through your mind when WM use AAVE in the workplace?

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It's awkward, but depends on who the WM is.

The isn't AAVE per se, but I was helping a sales team once and the team lead was a WM. He did a bunch of things to amp the team up and on one of the calls with his team, in a rah-rah effort he said "Can I get a YAY-YAYEE??" In his best Ice Cube impression. The team said it back with enthusiasm.

I died laughing (on mute), but honestly...dude did it with such authenticity that I respected him a bit more after that. He was clearly a fan and knew exactly what he was doing; it was an homage, not a mockery. It worked to get his team pumped and they were one of the best sales teams we had. I'd just be a hater if I had a problem with it.

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Love this!

Depends on the situation and the person. AAVE while predominantly spoken by people who look like us, is often used by other people who don’t. One of my admin assistants is a white woman who grew up in the projects (like legit Cabrini Green), and was steeped into the Chicago Black scene and is married to a black man. She speaks “blacker” than I can and I find my speech slipping up around her (I code switch in the office).

She’s been nothing but respectful to me, her family is lovely (I got invited to her cookout) and rather than appropriation, she genuinely appreciates the culture.

We really must not gate keep everything we consider black if it’s on the side if appreciation rather than appropriation. You can really tell the difference.

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If that is genuinely how they speak based on upbringing etc I’m okay with it but if they do it around me only because I’m black those types of people piss me off

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Unless they have a predefined cultural connection, (I had a leader from a predominantly black IL suburb for example)
it is triggering and truly makes me want to hit people.
Because I don’t speak AAVE to them, so why are they speaking it to me?

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This

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Maybe start with what is AAVE

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Google is free

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More important stuff to be bothered about than this.

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These interactions or micro aggressions impact how we are perceived at work. So it’s is very important.

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I hate it, when both WM and WW use it. I work with someone who always wants to say “hey girl” every-time they see me. First off, I am a grown woman. Second, we are not familiar.

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Are you okay with WW or non-black POC using it?

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Are you?

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