Coming up as an African American girl in the South, I often was accused of talking like a white girl. Even now many people who first speak to me over the phone are surprised to learn that I am Black.
This caused me to think, "what does it mean to talk black?"
Well, here's the crazy thing. I am black and I do talk. Therefore, when I talk, wouldn't I be talking black since that's what I've been all life?
Where do we get off trying to colorize a way of speech?
The problem is, that somehow we as Black people have allowed ourselves to be stereotyped as slang talking, ebonics speaking, individuals. Personally, I prefer to use the term "unlearned speaking."
To that end I can assure you that I have heard Whites, Latinos, and other nationalities split verbs with the best of them. So, how then is it that we choose to call this type of vernacular "talkin black." In my opinion, ethnicity has nothing to do with it. A lack of education is the more appropriate culprit. N0t only from an academic standpoint, but from a cultural standpoint as well.
Society has been led to believe that black people in general, and young black people in particular, converse this way all the time. Not true. There are many of us who use the english language in its proper form on a regular basis and, contrary to popular belief, those of us who do choose to speak properly are not "talkin' white" we are simply using correct grammar.
I really wish people would get over this whole thing of "talkin' black", or "talkin' white" and simply talk.