The Black Aesthetic Movement, a period of artistic and literary development among African Americans in the 1960s, was the first major African-American movement since the Harlem Renaissance. Literature of the movement was written many times in AAVE (African American Vernacular English) to depict the tension, awareness, and the relevance of African history and culture to African Americans.
In AAVE, all of the characters speak with a different inflection, leaving off the last "g" in words like "pointing" or leaving words out of sentences, such as "she not even related by marriage" or "white people crazy". This realistically describes the language in Sylvia's community. By showing this realistic way of talking, it adds to the author's focus on issues of real concern. Their talk demonstrates the racial tension they feel every day.