In prison, forms of black slang and African languages are used to code conversations to prevent non-black inmates and staff from understanding the communication. These languages are taught to gang members who carry these back out into the community.
They also serve as a racial recruiting tool. One of the favorite forms is the African Swahili tribal dialect.
The following is a portion of a prison-copied version of the underground publication, "New Afrikan Swahili Dialect Dictionary" from the Black Panther Party Press.
BABU/Grandfather or Father
KUENDA/Went, Go or Gone
MIMI/I or Me
MTOTO MCHANGA/Girl or Baby
MTOTO WA KIUME/Boy
SISI/We or Us
UEYE/He or She
UKE/Vagina or Womanhood
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