I disagree. Naturally our voices have different tones and connotations. I can easily disguise my voice to match a white persons. That's what I do on the job. But as soon as I leave, i'm all natural again.
I respect your opinion but I just don't believe that because I'm black I naturally
speak different then a white person. I think it has to more with culture, upbringing, and the perception of oneself. I always rejected the whole "this is the way black people talk" vs. "this is the way white people talk" because where i'm from if you "spoke black" then it meant u were uneducated, stupid, primative. i couldnt understand why if i spoke intelligently it would be perceived as me speaking like a white person. i felt it was another one of those seeds planted years upon years ago to make us feel inferior. intentionally or not, i think it worked. i believe the minute you start putting yourself in categories and labels, you put a limit on your capabilities.
you might hate math because youre black and supposedly we're not good at math. so at an early age you reject it, consciously or subconsciously. you half try because you figure youre not gonna get it anyway. when youre test scores come back it only reaffirms what you thought of yourself, your expectations. you quit before you tried. who knows, you couldve been above average if you put in effort. a lot of people in the ghetto quit before they tried.
again, i know what you mean. i can switch too. i do often depending on who im dealing with. but i dont feel theres a gene in blacks that make us talk a certain way. speech is learned. i have a friend who emigrated from taiwan. she grew up around a bunch of "tasheekas" and "laquans". when i first heard her i pictured a black person. she talks "ghetto". and even her professional voice has a hint of "black" in it. the only reason why is say "black" or "ghetto" in regards to how someone talks is because i know everybody would understand what im talking about. aside from that i believe there's no such thing.
im not a linguist or anything but i dont believe it. a friend from brazil told me if you called any random number in brazil you wouldnt know if the person on the other line was black, brown, white, or japanese. when i go to the Dominican Republic, to my ears everybody sounds the same. black, brown, white, chinese.