I think all of us are taught this from an early age whether it’s from watching our parents or experiencing being ostrisized when using the "wrong speech" in certain groups. I’ve been called Oreo countless times in my life because I forgot to "code-switch" when I would get back in my neighborhood.
Nowadays, I honestly don't think it's necessary to code-switch anymore because cultures are blending more and "ebonics" are becoming a thing of the past. Different cultures are starting to use slang and even hashtags of slang terms/phrases. Language is now a pot of gumbo that all cultures are dropping their own special ingredients into. Let's not rehash/perpetuate OLD cultural issues when it's clearly evident that there's progress...in THAT arena.
There are more important and detrimental racial dynamics that we need to address (i.e. whitewashing of films/TV shows that were initially culturally diverse or mostly non-white:
- Ghost in a shell (2017 film)
- Beguiled (2017 film)
- The fact that Disney can’t find Aladdin in spite of so many amazing Middle Eastern actors...they can literally fly to any Middle Eastern country (there are English speakers in that region of the world, as well) and find one. What they REALLY mean is they can’t find an urban looking white actor to play Aladdin.
- How fashion designers discriminate against CURVY minority body types (OITNB’s Dascha Polanco’s war against discriminatory fashion design)
- The overt, callous, disgusting discrimination on Airbnb.com that was so bad that a Black entrepreneur had to create a platform, innclusive.com to combat the discrimination that’s simply based on what someone looks like no matter how much money they have.
My point, we have so many other issues to combat to create more diversity, code-switching is so primitive because the conversation in minority neighborhoods are starting to drop ebonics (which came about because of the education desparity between white and black schools in the 90s and before) and embrace those who speak differently or more "white/oreo-like". NOTE: I am aware that there is STILL a gap in education between minority and privileged education but it’s progressed greatly since the 70s. Let’s not go backwards and perpetuate this switching in different groups. We should be able to be ourselves no matter whom we’re around.