…om Dukes should’ve known I’d become a code-switching Jedi — because her White voice was immaculate. Every time she’d hop on the phone to discuss billing payments, speak with the teller at the bank, or simply run into one of her White co-workers at the supermarket, her natural dialogue would transform into a cartoonishly pleasant and nonthreatening lilt seasoned with some $10 words plucked straight from T.I.’s thesaurus. It was like flipping a switch for her, and from a young age, I subconsciously picked up on that dic…
The Only Black Guy In the Office
LOL! My kids would tell me this too. I know they learned it from me, but I also remember teaching my sons about code-switching although back in the old days we just said “talkin like White people,” so they knew exactly what I was referring to. They are all grown up now, but they’d get home and give me hell about it. It’s a necessary lifeskill to get shit done in America sadly. There are so many things I hate this country for, but making us code-switch when so many other people do not pisses me off to the highest pisstivity no doubt.
I wish I could put a this too shall pass on it, but I know it would be a lie. Please keep us posted on your journey. I am finding my self laughing my butt off thinking of your colleagues faces when you don’t switch anymore.