my mother always valued education. even when we didn’t have much and even when my friends ridiculed me, she always made sure i spoke proper english. it is never cute to sound uneducated. i went through a stage where i tried to “sound black” until i had an epiphany of how ignorant and counterproductive that phrase really is. i especially hate when black people perpetuate this misnomer.

black people can be educated AND in touch with their culture. i understand the importance of black vernacular culture, but berating someone because they lack your ebonics fluency (lol) is not okay. when people try to insult me by saying this now, i just let them know that i’ve accumulated plenty debt for this education and i intend to use every bit of it, boo.