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Articulate – As Opposed To What?

Have you ever been told you’re “articulate?” I have, and on way too many occasions to count. In almost all accounts, those words came from a white person – a friend, a colleague, a random stranger, even an interviewer – of whom not all were English first language speakers. Although this is generally said as a “compliment,” I’ve often found it to be extremely offensive, and on a few occasions I’ve (surprisingly enough) had the guts to respond by asking, “As opposed to what?” As some might imagine, the conversation can turn sour pretty quickly from this point on – it can be a slippery slope.

In this TED Talks video, Jamila Lyiscott beautifully “articulates” what it means for many a person of colour to receive this “compliment.”

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2 comments on “Articulate – As Opposed To What?

  1. lovemyavo says:

    Reblogged this on The Girl w/t Turban and commented:
    I’ve had this many times… even from interviewers…

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