From the deeply esoteric to the easily translatable, the language of black social media is frequently used for veritable acts of protest. The following pages explore such uses of identifiably black, and often “unrespectable,” language (African American English, Jamaican Patois, Ghanaian Pidgin, racialized youth slangs, etc.) and examine how these uses employ verbal and visual texts to affirm the value of black bodies, minds, and hearts through productions of sincere and “emphatic blackness” which I define as widely recognizable and emphasized racialized practices. The analysis demonstrates how these linguistic and discursive acts of protest, whether through indirect humor or very direct censure, collectively fashion black public space where black voices and lives indubitably matter.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Language and Social Justice in Practice|
|Editors||Netta Avineri, Laura R. Graham, Eric J. Johnson, Robin Conley Riner, Jonathan Rosa|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|State||Published - Dec 12 2018|
Smalls, K. A. (2018). Languages of Liberation: Digital Discourses of Emphatic Blackness. In N. Avineri, L. R. Graham, E. J. Johnson, R. C. Riner, & J. Rosa (Eds.), Language and Social Justice in Practice (pp. 52-60). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315115702-7