"Some people of color mock the way other members in their community speak as a way of gaining “acceptance” by white people. For a long time, I imitated Desi accents around my white friends, classmates, and co-workers who would burst into laughter every time. I decided to stop when they thought it was “ok” for them to mock the accents just because I did it. While it’s certainly not the same thing when I imitate the Desi accent around only people of color, the privilege of not facing challenges because of our white accents rarely enters the conversation. I have heard others say things like, “I can’t stand the Desi accent, it’s annoying,” or “I hate the way Indians/Pakistanis talk,” or make innocent-sounding statements like, “Desi accents are hilarious!” These comments don’t take into account that there are real South Asians who actually live with the reality of racist remarks, angry looks, discrimination, and harsh judgment due to the stereotypes linked with their accents."

Mocking “Foreign Accents” and the Privilege of “Sounding White”

Accent, however, is more than a theatrical device and has also been linked to real life perceptions of competency, intelligence, and credibility. In educational contexts, including language learning communities, non-native speaking students and teachers face judgments of academic or professional incompetence based on their language status.

Which is why I don’t care how funny you think you are when you mock those “fobs.”

(via mehreenkasana)

TAKE NOTE, YOUTUBERS. THAT SHIT YOU’RE DOING IS NOT AVANT-GARDE, EDGY, OR FUNNY.

  1. sunflower-power reblogged this from mehreenkasana
  2. thesocialistbookofeli reblogged this from badass-bharat-deafmuslim-artista
  3. isabella-allison-claire reblogged this from macapan
  4. macapan reblogged this from marvelousmelmo
  5. quietontheinside reblogged this from mehreenkasana
  6. didyoueatallthisacid reblogged this from thewintersoldier
  7. lajacobine reblogged this from luminosiity
  8. demora-sulu reblogged this from thewintersoldier
  9. rosekolodny reblogged this from thewintersoldier
  10. wicol reblogged this from thewintersoldier
  11. lepidum-libellum reblogged this from galaxyofwitches
  12. changelingchild reblogged this from thewintersoldier
  13. algandarsmanor reblogged this from galaxyofwitches
  14. galaxyofwitches reblogged this from thewintersoldier
  15. winnerbutt reblogged this from thewintersoldier
  16. thewintersoldier reblogged this from blooming-white-tea
  17. full-blowntechnicolor reblogged this from animepapi
  18. nhuling reblogged this from fascinasians
  19. sandsofsaadi reblogged this from findingmotherland
  20. coorio reblogged this from angryasiangirlsunited
  21. luminosiity reblogged this from mermaidheartsongs
  22. sanssavoirpourquoi reblogged this from stopwhitewashing
  23. tas-neem reblogged this from muslimfeminists
  24. 323watts reblogged this from rune-midgarts
  25. lifeinthedogpark reblogged this from rune-midgarts