Why do people not realize the racism in referring to black people using AAVE as ghetto/not real English?

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telling someone to “speak normal” when they use AAVE is an outdated way of thinking. sociolinguists, have found that in its structure it shows many commonalties with other varieties including a number of standard and nonstandard English varieties spoken in the US and the Caribbean. AAVE developed out of the contact between speakers of the West African languages and speakers of vernacular English varieties.

Not all Black people are speakers of African American Vernacular English — in fact, because AAVE is highly stigmatized (often due to implicit, thinly-veiled, or overt racism), many African Americans consciously avoid using features of AAVE. Many Black Americans are also fluent in both AAVE and standard English and codeswitch between the two.

There is no correlation between someone’s intelligence and the dialect they speak or accent they have. However, many people assume otherwise — speakers of British English are often thought to be smarter or more cultured, while speakers of Southern English and AAVE are thought to be ignorant or uneducated.

However, linguists have shown that all dialects are equally systematic, rule-governed, and expressive — no dialect is truly better or more correct than any other.

This kind of discrimination is often a way of expressing negative attitudes about certain racial or socioeconomic groups, rather than about dialects themselves. Many dialects, such as African American Vernacular English or Appalachian English, are stigmatized not because they are “worse” than standard English but because of who speaks these dialects. Calling speakers of AAVE or Southern English stupid or uneducated is a way of covertly expressing racist or classist views — sometimes unconsciously.

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www.unr.edu/.../the-sound-of-racial-profiling
Why do people not realize the racism in referring to black people using AAVE as ghetto/not real English?
Why do people not realize the racism in referring to black people using AAVE as ghetto/not real English?
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