Newsone: Breaking Down The Stereotype: What Does It Mean To ‘Talk Black’?

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… Many Black individuals often find themselves compelled to code-switch, adeptly shifting between different linguistic styles or registers depending on the social context. This adaptation, sometimes referred to as adopting a “White voice,” enables Black individuals to protect themselves against stereotypes as they navigate diverse social environments like work, school, or day-to-day activities.

“Making a call without your ‘white’ voice on could mean the loss of a job, an apartment, any number of opportunities,” Harris noted. “As a matter of survival, upwardly mobile Blacks learn to effortlessly code switch, that is unconsciously modify speech to slip from one culture to another. Many of us reserve speech with ethnic markers for conversations with other people of our ethnicity.” …