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  1. Sundiata Keita says:

    bye felicia

  2. Reena Walker says:

    I understand what she is saying and black people need to stop the coonery. I also have a problem with black people who speak the way she speaks as well, as they remove all traces of a traditionally black vernacular from the way they speak and sound like a white person and then think they are more intelligent because they do. That is also problematic. You can be intelligent and speak well without someone closing their eyes and thinking you sound like a white person. This doesn't validate your intelligence and it doesn't make you superior either. Some of her commentary was just silly and came off as a bit self hating.

  3. Farntella Graham says:

    stupid white people

  4. Christa Joy says:

    You're basically dismissing those of us who happen to not live in a cohesively black community. The way one speaks is an exchange in part of ones environment. There is no "sounding white," the misconception that is follied because the media only accepts the stereotypical version of the black person. Instead of just accepting that not all black people fit into one little basket. We come from different parts of the U.S(heck all over the world) and we'll sound relative to whichever environment that is. It's projection to assume ones choice of speech is a direct insult to your own.

  5. Reena Walker says:

    No actually your desire to distance yourself from black community and delude yourself into believing that your suburban existence will shelter you from oppression is what's self hating. Clearly her experience shows that it won't happen. Therefore taking an elitist posture by mocking that vernacular and exaggerating it in front of a white audience, as she does here, serves to further the agenda of the very same oppressive white folks she's complaining about. That line of thinking deserves to be dismissed as it certainly does nothing to serve the interest of black survival. It also is a big misconception that this way of speaking is something that comes about solely as a result of the environment one grows up in as there are many black people who grew up in poverty stricken and cohesively black environments that speak that way as well. There is however still such a thing as "sounding white" as it has to do with certain words being used repetitively, as she does with the word "like" and using certain inflections. Anyone who can't seem to be able to figure that out is either in denial or isn't living in the real world. The real issue is that there are far too many who think that any traces of a black vernacular equates with stupidity and her exaggerating that vernacular shows that she is jealous of the fact that it doesn't come naturally to her. Very much the same way a white person wearing blackface does. That is definitely insulting.

  6. There is such a thing as "sounding white". Black speech has different "tones", it has nothing to do with being grammatically correct either.

  7. Kali Kross says:

    Are you suggesting that black people who have been raised in predominantly white environments should take some kind of Ebonics coursework so that we can sound more "black" in order to make people like you feel comfortable? Just where is this vernacular of which you speak learned? My mother is a speech and language pathologist, and I am an English professor. Should I change how I was raised to speak so that it makes black people like you feel more comfortable? I used to code-switch when I was a teenager, but–once I began to appreciate myself and my upbringing–I realized how foolish my efforts were. In fact, a black person once told me that I sounded like a white girl who was trying to sound black. I will not pretend to be what I am not to make people like you comfortable. W.E.B. Du Bois did not change his vernacular so that he would "sound black," whatever that means. I sound articulate, intelligent, and successful. To me, those qualities define blackness.

  8. Lee Watson says:

    Well said Kali Kross. I thought that sounding white nonsense went out with adolesence. If some black people dont feel comfortable with articulate English then they ought to grow up.

  9. How come you only "sound white" when you are a black person speaking proper English? When did speaking correctly become something that's looked upon negatively by the black community? I was born & raised in what is now famously referred to as South Central L.A. – but I've been told on several occasions that I sound like a white girl. I didn't grow up trying to talk like anyone but me. I don't sound white – I sound like me! I like what you had to say @kali kross. As for @reena walker – I don't agree with every thing you said, but you did make some good points as well.

  10. Reena Walker says:

    It's surprising that you claim to have such an extensive academic background yet you clearly are unable to comprehend what I wrote here. You instead decided to go off on a tangent about your own fears and insecurities that have nothing to do with what I wrote. It does however serve as a point of interest when it comes to examining why the coonery exists in the first place though.

  11. Reena Walker says:

    It's surprising that you claim to have such an extensive academic background Kali yet you clearly are unable to comprehend what I wrote here. You instead decided to go off on a tangent about your own fears and insecurities about being black that have nothing to do with what I wrote. It does however serve as a point of interest when it comes to examining why the coonery exists in the first place though.

  12. Terry Moore says:

    Kali Kress, no she is not. Is there a difference in using white inflection (valley girl) and speaking correct English? So, what you are saying is that a Black person can't speak correct English without sounding white, which is silly. I have come to realize myself how silly it was for me to code-switch, I don't have to sound white to speak correct English, which most Blacks and whites feel we have to do. Our president doesn't use white inflections when he speaks, is he using Ebonics! You all have let whites fill your head with "you are so articulate, you don't sound black", sorry, but that is not a compliment!

  13. Terry Moore says:

    It's not the sounding white that is nonsense, it's believing that to speak correct English a Black person has to sound white. That's what's nonsense! The president speaks correct English does he sound white, no! It's the inflection, not the usage. And there is that word that whites use to describe you Negros with the white inflection, articulate! What gets me is most of you want to speak so well, but write English worse than a 5th grader!

  14. Kali Kross, I totally agree with you. Well said. I am also a professor and professional. I myself grew up in what we call "da hood", in Brooklyn Bed-Stuy. Although I can easily speak the language of urban America, I realized that it limits you (among so many other losses). This claim of "speaking black or sounding white" is so insulting to Black people in general, little do we know. We put ourselves down when we claim that any black person who speaks clearly and close to appropriate English is sounding "White" or trying to be white. I find that extremely ignorant and a reflection of white brainwashing. It really reinforces the white supremacy paradigm that defines black identity as "speaking in slangs, poor language development, and an inability to master language". Our people really need to rise up from that absolutely ignorant premise.

  15. Kali Kross says:

    Terry Moore Valley talk is "white inflection"? Apparently, you have no idea about who lives in the Valley. The Valley is not all white, and Valley talk has hints of Chicana tones as well. Why can't you accept that Valley talk is Valley talk without making an overreaching racial connection? Valley talk is no more "white" than Compton slang is exclusively "black." But to make that point more interesting, most of the black people who were raised in Compton's middle class homes speak very articulately. Over the telephone, their race cannot be discerned without additional identity clues (name, etc.). In many regards, what we are talking about here is more of a class division than a racial one.

  16. Kali Kross says:

    Hasan Shabazz Yes, Professor Shabazz! I'm a New Yorker as well. No accent detectable here. 😉

  17. Steve Marx says:

    So our skin color determines what we sound like?.Our speech is determined by those around us.Blacks in Africa, England, Germany, Bahamas, and everywhere else around the world sound different from one another just as Whites and Asian and Hispanics do.

  18. Steve Marx says:

    So our skin color determines what we sound like?.Our speech is determined by those around us.Blacks in Africa, England, Germany, Bahamas, and everywhere else around the world sound different from one another just as Whites and Asian and Hispanics do.

  19. Terry Moore says:

    Kali Kross, only people who LIVE in the "Valley" speak with that inflection? I guess then only athletes get athlete's foot, only tennis players get tennis elbow, it's a description of a way of speaking that my have it's roots from the valley, way before any Black person was even allow to do anything there but work for the valley girl's family. And again there is that word articulate! So, again is the president articulate? Does he speak with a white inflection, no! But, you brainwashed negros think that it's a compliment that white people have told you how articulate you are and how white you sound! You have to be miserable living in a body that you hate. And if it's a class division who is on top you with the white inflection or the president? I know you think you are, but think again! You don't have to speak that way to speak the King's English, only brainwashed fools like you think they do!

  20. Terry Moore says:

    Hasan, to be a professor, you have really bought into the lie! Again it's not about speaking hood, it's about speaking correct English and to accomplish that does that mean speaking with white inflections! NO, IT DOES NOT! The best example that I can point to is the president! Others that come to mind is Tavis, Van Jones, Rev. King, Jackson and Al, and several others! Stop buying the lie that whites are telling you! If you don't sound white then you are hood, ignorant and can't speak English, as if, there is nothing in between. If you heard some white East Texans speak you would know there is certainly an in between!

  21. Unless you speak an african tongue you do not sound black. English is native to what African region? lol Where did we learn to speak english? Broken english at that. Mostly from our ignorant southern slave masters who spoke that way and you can still find this in parts of the country in white communities. So you still speaking white just ignorant white! Ebonics is a cultural dialect derived from communities who suffered lack of education…problem is our education system is so bad many don't know how to speak correct english when required. Most black folks had a Momma long before they knew what a mother was and many never learned!

  22. Unless you speak an african tongue you do not sound black. English is native to what African region? lol Where did we learn to speak english? Broken english at that. Mostly from our ignorant southern slave masters who spoke that way and you can still find this in parts of the country in white communities. So you still speaking white just ignorant white! Ebonics is a cultural dialect derived from communities who suffered lack of education…problem is our education system is so bad many don't know how to speak correct english when required. Most black folks had a Momma long before they knew what a mother was and many never learned!

  23. Samione Ham says:

    Maybe I'm sensitive but I don't see the humor in it…sounding blacks what's that?????and with a white audience she's trying make her speaking like a valley girl proper… Paris Hilton valley girl idiot… So stop this whote vs black dialect… And whays proper vs not… Educated vs non… And especially for the entertainment of white America… All I saw was a black face skit… Nothing funny

  24. Samione Ham says:

    Excuse the grammar and spelling errors on my post… But you get my point… And are we going arugue over dialect who cares… Ghetto is a condition not a behavior… First time I ever heard the word was To describe what nazis used to house people of (what they called nonarian race) not how the people behaved… So let's not arugue over how someone speaks… We need to debate how to end white supermacy for good… As the famous civil rights leader said (can't think of her name) but she spoke broken English… I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired

  25. Samione Ham says:

    Excuse grammar and spelling errors

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