On Code-Switching

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September 26, 2013 by multiracialsky


We code-switchers are in the unique position to have assimilated so deeply enough into the dominant culture, that people a) trust us, b) listen to us, and c) can be potentially influenced by us. And there are so few of us that we can’t just easily say, “I’ll leave it to someone else.” Lauren Lyons at Huffington Post

Some of my kids code-switch without seeming to notice they’re doing it. Others present virtually the exact same version of themselves in all situations. One child in particular has to be reminded that you cannot talk to your parents the same way you talk to your friends.

If we code-switch to get jobs, to make friends, at what point are we indicating that we will mold to expectations no matter how they clash with our realities? Why do we try so hard to fit in when doing so might make it harder for us to be seen as we are? The Overwhelming Nature of Code-Switching” by Matthew Salesses for NPR


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