Recently someone said to me that I sounded so “white”. Some would probably take this as a compliment, but because my mother was a school teacher and me being the first in my immediate family to graduate from college these type of statement come as an insult to me. It’s not an insult because I dislike white people because I don’t. I’m not a racist and this is not a racist blog. My goal in life is not to be “white”, my goal in life is to be successful as a “Black” person. I want children and women that look at me who may struggle with their identity to understand that it’s okay to embrace who you are and not feel embarrassed or ashamed. I don’t feel that I can be a role model for others if I’m constantly attempting to change my identity. On another note, what actually is sounding “white”? Is the proper English without Ebonics?
As I was watching Youtube recently I found a video that shared my feelings on the “talking white” issue. I encourage everyone to not only watch this video but please take into account how it makes a person feel when you say that they sound “white” because it really is an insult.
After watching this video, what is your take on the term “talking white”? When we as African Americans say that we are “talking white” are we elevating the other race?
“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you’d like to act.”
LaNette Kincaid is a Marine wife and mother of two, that took on the challenge of owning a business shortly after graduating college. Most of her tips and advice that you will read in our magazine will come from her personal experiences of trial and error. To see more of LaNette’s business and inspirational tips be sure to follow her on Twitter @LaNetteKincaid