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Royce Da 5’9 was a recent guest on Nick Cannon’s podcast Cannon’s Class where, among other topics, Cannon & Royce discussed the idea of “talking White” and what the phrase actually entails. The veteran Detroit emcee states, “One of my pet peeves is ‘talking White.’ I just attribute that to like, us not knowing who we are. You gotta have an identity and it can’t be ignorance.” Cannon then interjects and suggests that people define “talking White” as “speaking intelligent,” before Royce continued by noting,
“It’s not ‘speaking intelligent’ because you could speak intelligent and not be ‘talking White. And a lot of times it’s not even to impress. It’s to fit in, send a signal that says, ‘I’m willing to be complicit, subservient and inferior to your superiority complex.’ You have to be comfortable with me being myself. … I’m a multi-layered individual, but I don’t want to break myself up into different people to try to do this balancing act in life.”
Language is only a mode of communication and intelligent communication consists of communicating in a manner that allows one to accomplish his/ her goals while not hurting others in the process. Find the clip up top.