I stand corrected then. I was raised in New Jersey where everybody seemed to have “tough grandmothers”. Black, Italian, Irish, Russian, Polish, didn’t matter. My own was quiet but you knew her power. My thoughts are tainted by my experiences but as I’ve never been raised-while-black by an American black grandmother, I’ll take a step back on this.

I stand corrected then. I was raised in New Jersey where everybody seemed to have “tough grandmothers”. Black, Italian, Irish, Russian, Polish, didn’t matter. My own was quiet but you knew her power.

My thoughts are tainted by my experiences but as I’ve never been raised-while-black by an American black grandmother, I’ll take a step back on this.

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I love a lot of the meme culture and its ways although some of it just makes me into “I’m not angry just disappointed”. Hardest thing has been knowing when to probe (is this a bullying situation or friends having fun?, or is this (racist / sexist / antisemetic) or “it’s just a meme” category).

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I’m actually thrilled to hear that. I’m ancient, 46, back when the “big controversy” was “Is Ebonics a real language?” in our mostly white high school classes.

I took the side of “yes, it’s a language” – and was happy when it got a well needed name change to AAVE later on.

So, as an ancient progressive, I guess today’s American black grandmothers are ancient progressives too and cheering this all on.

Thank you for updating my knowledge on this.

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