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June 21 2015

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melaninboy:

theonlyleftydesk:

melaninboy:

hishighnessjt:

melaninboy:

FUCKING PREACH TO ME, LET THESE [WHITE] FOLKS KNOW WHERE THEY ‘SLANG’ CAME FROM!!!!!

I’m actually writing a research paper on this

Let me know how it goes bro I really wouldn’t mind reading it hishighnessjt

Calling each other “man” originated in the Harlem Renaissance when black musicians, tired of white men always calling them “boy” started calling each OTHER “man”.

As in: “Hey, man, how you doin’?”

Of course, our modern stereotype for the person who says “man” a lot is a white hippie with long hair or a white beatnik in a turtleneck and beret–a look (and movement) that white people stole wholecloth from black people.

“Cool” is another slang word black people created, but I don’t recall the date this one was coined, only that it was always in another phrase that has since been dropped–“cool cat”, as in, a man who is always level-headed, and very suave. ‘Cool’ has since come to be a stand-in word for an aesthetic or overarching style with ephemeral, impossible-to-overtly-state qualities of allure and fascination. Yes, we invented that, too. We invented that word. We gave a definition to the inexplicable sensation of awe some people are able to inspire in others by sheer style.

Unfortunately the word “cool” has also been stolen and our stereotype of a person who uses it a lot is a white boy with a skateboard or surfboard…

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^!!!!!!!

October 23 2014

thatsridicarus
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