Convo essay

Convo essay - 123 Conversation essay You sound white. This...

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123 Conversation essay “You sound white.” This is what a black male teenager says to his black male friend. The two friends had been friends for a long time but Shakim had always felt that Brian talked and acted too proper. Shakim went to a public high school in the poorest section of one of the many ghettos in urban Camden, New Jersey. Brian, who lived in the same projects as Shakim, was bused to a private college preparatory school in the suburban community of Pennsauken. When accused of acting and talking white, Brian told his friend that just because he talks standard English and behaves in a certain way doesn’t mean that he is trying to act or talk white. This concept of talking white is an ideology that has existed throughout the United States for several years. From the beginning of slavery in the United States up until now, there has been this idea that by certain behaviors and speech by some African-Americans, African-Americans are acting white or Caucasian. This ideology sprang up during slavery times when field negroes taunted house negroes for living in the houses with the slave master and acting like the master’s family. Field negroes were the slaves that picked the cotton in the hot sun, got beaten and whipped, and had to live in the unsanitary, congested slave huts. House negroes, on the other hand, were treated far better than field negroes. House negroes got to live comfortably in the house with the master and the master’s family. The field negroes had lite work duties that consisted of cleaning the house and cooking supper for all of the family. The house negroes got to eat with the master and his family and were considered part of the master’s family. And it is no secret that female house negroes participated in sexual relationships with the master. Because house negroes acted similar to the master’s family, conflict arose between the
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house negroes and the field negroes. Thus, house negroes were labeled as acting like the master’s family or acting “white”. During post-slavery times, many ex-slaves or house
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2011 for the course ECON 4996 taught by Professor Elmes during the Spring '11 term at Columbia.

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