Is it?! Shit, I didn’t know. Tumblr was my introduction to it, and here things tend to get appropriated, spread and de-sourced. I’m sorry to anyone I offended by using it. I’ll refrain henceforth. Thank you for letting me know (I’m gonna go remove that from the post once this goes up).
I have seen “bruh” as one of two spellings of the california surfer slang for bro. So don’t believe everyone who says appropriation.
So there used to be a thing where really blatantly racist white guys would work really hard to eradicate “corruptions” of their language. The concept of “AAVE” as a thing which is not just “lol black people can’t talk right” is a rejection of this notion… Which is why it is now used to try to make sure that white people continue to speak a pure language uncorrupted by the lesser classes.
Doesn’t matter how people frame it; it is an assertion that the people in the dominant class must not adopt any of the behaviors of the marginalized class, and it exists to make sure that the marginalized class continues to stay marginalized, because the way they talk is unacceptable in the dominant class. It’s about making sure that if you think something might be a class marker, it never becomes part of the normal language, so we can always recognize people we should be looking down on.
Tumblr’s inability to spot when they are explicitly endorsing the exact requests of the oppressor is sort of horrifying.