Stop talking like a white girl

Michigan State University Senior

Michigan State University Senior

Jasmine Baker
East Lansing, MI

Growing up I was placed in the gifted and talented program in my elementary school. I learned to speak what this society refers to as “proper English.” Because of that, many Black students would tease me and tell me that I’m black, stop talking like a white girl. What does that even mean? I laugh about it now 🙂

Description: This is me in Ephesus, Turkey on a Study Abroad trip to Green and Turkey Summer 2014

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  • Truth

    Thats because most blacks are racist.

    If youre black and dont hate white people they will excommunicate you.

  • Toriana

    Merhaba!

    I found out two things we have in common: 1) I stood exactly where you are standing in the above pic, 14 years ago! Turkey is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen. The bibliotheca is just beyond words. To think to enter it, you had to be rich and privileged. Which is why we should never take our right to an education for granted. Anyhoo, the fifth city of Ephesus took my breath away and the dungeon (where the animals and unfortunate souls were housed) of the theater where Christians were persecuted, caused my heart to skip several beats. 2) At forty years old, I thought I’d be done with that ignorant statement, “You talk like a white girl”. It’s only ever been said by other blacks and minorities.

    It’s offensive and ignorant because the majority still seems to think that when speaks properly, it’s attributed to sounding “white”. Have you seen reality television and have you noticed that white people are very capable of butchering the English language as well.

    My accent is only indicative of my surroundings. I was born a military brat and I’ve grown up around the globe and still continue to travel an acquaint myself with people of all nationalities, races, ethnicities, and cultures. Which in turn fuels my fascination with not only the pursuit of fully understanding my native tongue, but the languages of others. Therefore, the way I speak is just reflective of the respect I have for my language.

    It actually saddens me that so many children today have no foundation of the basics. I’m constantly correcting my nieces and nephews. They used to ask why. I told them I don’t want them to be judged and thought of as ignorant, uneducated and unintelligent because they’re too lazy to enunciate and know the difference between the various homographs and homophones.

    I could go on, but I’ll stop. Just know, you’re really not alone and there are many of us who have literally stood where you’ve stood.

 

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