Black People Tend to Look Down on Them, Thus Affecting Their Sense of Blackness
Black Americans can sense when fellow Blacks have never set foot in a Black community. The ways in which Black people speak to one another and understand particular ways of Blackness can only truly be found within the context of Black communities and organizations. If not given the opportunity to interact with Black people on more than just a perfunctory level, Black children can become proficient at speaking in only the white register. Though that happens to be the more highly valued register in mainstream society, thus allowing the potential for greater opportunity in a white world, sociolinguists say it can come at a significant cost to their sense of self as a Black person.