When I was a kid, I was accused on more than one occasion of talking white. I was guilty of using proper English. I also know that I change the way I talk depending on who is in the room. For example, there is a lilt in my voice when I talk to men and women who are clearly my elders. It is a way of giving them respect. I learned recently this is called “code switching.”
Playwright and performer Sarah Jones and John McWhorter, a linguist and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, discuss sounding black and “blaccent,” a term McWhorter coined.
This is a wonderful piece on what people sound like and why. Take a listen.