Next time you‘re told straight hair is “unprofessional” & that speaking like your parents do is “uneducated,” then you can complain about code-switching.
Code switching is a tool communities learn when they’re told their voice, appearance, & mannerisms are “unprofessional.”
Code-switching is referenced a lot in pop culture. It was a big element in a major film last year: “Sorry To Bother You.”
If you’re confused about how code-switching is a cultural reality for people of color & communities, read about it.
Some accounts: https://www.bet.com/celebrities/exclusives/sorry-to-bother-you-code-switching.html …
We see the perceived “costs” to not code-switching all the time.
Can’t tell you how many young people in our community don’t have the confidence they should bc they didn’t grow up learning secondary speech.
Their talents get stifled by “respectability,” despite enormous gifts.
The good news is that we can improve this easily w/ honest reflection.
For ex, are certain hairstyles discouraged in your workplace?Why?
Can you think of someone who didn’t advance bc of how they spoke? Why?
Examine what’s deemed “unprofessional” around you & adapt it to 2019.
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