Unfriendly reminder that in America it’s reasonable to say an unarmed black kid deserved to be shot six times because he might have robbed a convenience store, but a white kid shouldn’t be kicked off the high school football team just because he violently raped a girl.
It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.
So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.
The automatic criminalization of black and brown bodies
and a racist.
A friend of a friend argued with me for hours that the black kids looked mean so it was unfair to compare them to the smiling white angels in the bottom photo. I just kept telling her that the fact that she sees the black kids as being mean when they are just making their natural resting faces was her racism showing.
I think it was the most times I ever typed “girl, bye” in one day.