“When I’ve said another Black person talks white, I never once meant to imply that I was equating being articulate to “whiteness” (or isolating it from blackness), though that is the conclusion most people reach for. For me, it was an observation that they spoke in patterns more aligned with the ways I hear white people communicate (intonation, inflection, dialectics, phrases, hard consonants, types of slang, full pronunciations, etc.). I was policing them with the admittedly problematic assumption that, unlike me, theyweren’t code-switching. It was a subconscious “Wait…..why are you talking like that? There’s no white people around.” – Joshua Adams
So, this amazing piece was written by one of my Annenberg classmates and couldn’t be more spot on, especially in an environment like USC (where only 5% of the students and only 4 out of the 36 in my program are black — including myself). This reminds me that code switching is a real thing and though we all tend to do it as POC, it can still be problematic for how we interact with each other within our own culture.