“You talk so white.”
“Are you sure you aren’t white?”
“You’re so proper for a black girl.”
“You don’t sound like you’re from the South.”
These are all things that I have heard growing up, from family, friends, and strangers. When I was younger, I took these as compliments, but then I realized these are actually insults to my race and culture. There are stereotypes that African-Americans are uneducated and talk “ghetto” and that people from the South have a “country accent” and are ignorant. None of those stereotypes describe me. Yes, I am African-American. Yes, I am from the South. However, I am educated and I use proper grammar. I don’t have a “country” accent, nor am I ignorant.
It especially makes me angry when African-Americans say these things to me because they are insulting themselves. They are calling themselves uneducated, but they get mad when someone of a different race calls them that—I find it very hypocritical. Instead of labeling ourselves with stereotypes, we should defy those stereotypes and relieve people of their ignorance. I realize it’s hard to change opinions of others, but we can create new opinions of ourselves in society.