Didn’t know/you don’t sound black.

Charity Son Anchorage, AK I was disappointed that this seems to even surprise a congenitally blind white woman I work with–“I didn’t know you were black!.” Happens on the phone as well. In person, black people, white people, all kinds of people seem to resent the way I speak. What does it even mean, to […]


Black, Caribbean-American, human, American, Southern

Britt Stone, Philadelphia, PA. No one ever asked “what” I am. They just assume. They approach me with all sorts of ideas about what food I like, what music I listen to, the books I read, and my favorite movies and tv. They have an opinion of what I should sound like when I speak, […]

Michele, I don’t sound Black either.

Michael Steele Fredericksburg, VA Unfortunately, too often I find a stunned look on people’s faces with whom I have only spoken on the phone. Some have even commented, “You don’t sound Black.” Rather than ask what Black sounds like, I remember that there is never a traffic jam on the high road.