“OMGG You’re so articulate! You’re not like…well you know.”
The cringe worthy phrase is something that most educated people of a minority decent experience, especially black or brown women. The unintentional ignorance that can be displayed more often than not by the”majority” counterparts towards a person of color can be quite irritating and extremely offensive, and it’s about time that we address the situation first hand.
Stating a surprising response to a person of color that can speak better than was portrayed in the media is not only offensive, but it exacerbates stereotype. As a woman of color, I know what it’s like experience this “new age” prejudice first hand in the work or educational setting. It’s rather quite unfortunate how often these kinds of “compliments” come up in conversation.
Today’s read comes from our friends over at Upworthy and their posting of a wonderful Ted Talk given by Jamila Lyoscott. In the video, Lyiscott perfectly articulates just why it is so offensive to be so in shock that a person of color can be educated and speak clearly and why it doesn’t really matter what dialect you speak.
Check out the video below and receive one of the most eloquent of readings that I have ever witnessed. We’d love to hear your stories as well! Tell us a time where you have been a target of these so called compliments below!