Why Do Black People Have An Accent?
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tnp0

Riverside, CA

#114 Jun 16, 2013
nikolasoddfellow wrote:
I will say this. I can close my eyes and channel surf and know when a black person is talking. I can even tell when they are trying to talk like us white folks. They can't hide their ghetto blabber. It shines right on through. And they all have the same accent with differences in terminology depending on region. Black folks simply sound black. Not even a British accent can fully hide a black persons Negro accent.
how about the white trash in the Ozarks?..is that where your family originally came from? stfu. clown.
Lex Lewis

Valley Stream, NY

#115 Jun 16, 2013
Reality Checker wrote:
I am disappointed to find little real information here. White people saying they don't notice an accent. Folks saying it's regional. Blacks getting all offended. If you speak with someone on the telephone or hear them on the radio, in a high percentage of cases, you can distinguish someone as black. To deny it is just silly. It's like saying "I didn't even notice they were Black or Asian or White. Political correctness gets in the way of reality. I believe I treat all people with the same respect regardless of race, but I notice just like I notice if they're male or female, but even that is coming under fire. It's an innocent enough question and it is a positive thing to be interested. I think the poster wants to know if it is done deliberately to identify yourselves culturally. There is a common thread regardless of regional differences (whether you're from NYC or Texas), that sounds black. I am not saying anything negative about it; simply that it exsisits. I'm sure I will be under attack, but I am just genuinely curious about a group of my fellow human beings. Educate me.:)
I agree with you. Blacks in NYC speak with a southern overtone, yet don't sound like white southerners. Whites from NYC have a distinctive NY sound, without the accent of their ancestry.

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#116 Jun 16, 2013
Bruhman wrote:
The stereotypical "Southern Black" accent is acually derived from Africans learning broken English from their Liverpudlian transporters, and overseers. The black accent has been traced directly back to 17th century Liverpool.
Even blacks in the midwest, and west coast. three to four generations removed from the South still maintain vestiges of this accent. One reason Southern rap became so popular was that WEST COAST rappers like Too Short, Hammer, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg all sounded so "country" to people in the South that people in Texas, Georgia, Florida, etc. began to make rap records themselves.
The "standard American accent" that most Americans speak is actually taught to television broadcasters, and is derived from Ohio. Even white and Black people from the south, who speak with an accent colloquially, and amongst themselves, are able to employ this "standard" accent in certain situations, i.e. business, or in legal matters.
Regardless...blacks who still speak with broken English accent are dense...stupid...period...no respect...

Lex Lewis

Valley Stream, NY

#117 Jun 16, 2013
Lisa Bates wrote:
I'm and African American from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Never new I had an accent until I moved to California and they were calling a carrr (car) a core or a parrrty (party) a poredy. What!? Then I really listened to my mother who was born in East St. Louis to a father from Tennessee who always told his grandchildren that he wanted to see his "Chirren in Chuch" or children in church and a mother from Mississippi who would say, "I ain't thinkin' bout chall" or I'm not thinking about you all. My mother and her siblings pick up those Mississippi and Tennessee inflections and nuances but due to being educated in the north, lost most of that "country" lingo. I never knew my white friends in Wisconsin spoke with an accent until I went back after being in SOCAL so long. They said rrrrwdah or road. Everyone has an accent - we just don't know it. However, with our dependence on the internet and using FB for almost half of our communications, I wonder what we will all sound like to one another in 50 years.
Well stated Lisa. As far as facebook and the excessive use texting are concerned, they are already bastardizing the English language. I shudder to think where we'll be in fifty years.

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#118 Jun 16, 2013
America was created for whites...European whites...

All blacks...people of African Ancestry will never be free and whole until an exidous to Africa is done.

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#119 Jun 16, 2013
Even God is cruel....
Dave from Australia

Australia

#120 Nov 29, 2013
No one seems to have grasped that the origonal question meant "Why do African Americans speak differently to Anglo Americans in the same area?" I can be blindfolded watching American television and tell you whenever a black person is speaking, regardless of where the show is set in. Some don't have a "black" accent like Oprah (unless she puts it on which she sometimes does), Ron Pitts of Destroyed In Seconds, and a few others.

I'm of English decent but my family has been in Australia for many generations and I don't have a trace of an English accent. Neither did my parents or grandparents. The African Americans have been removed from Africa for much longer than my family has been in Australia but their accent is not African. I've been there so I know what it sounds like but even if you haven't you must have heard Nelson Mandella speak. Does any African American sound like that?

So, their accent is not African nor is it an American accent from whatever region they live in. Thus, the question remains - why do they speak differently to the white people of the same area?

Eh boss

United States

#123 Apr 25, 2017
Time and Space wrote:
America was created for whites...European whites...

All blacks...people of African Ancestry will never be free and whole until an exidous to Africa is done.
You should kill yourself
Fucisil

Sacramento, CA

#124 Apr 25, 2017
Time and Space wrote:
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Regardless...blacks who still speak with broken English accent are dense...stupid...period...no respect...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =Te4AqJtOhC4XX
Speaking broken English all the way to the bank.
Steve Harvey
Justsaying

Arlington, TX

#125 Apr 26, 2017
I have no accent but you can tell I am Black or African I can do a nice African or Mid Eastern accent :)
rrr

United States

#126 Apr 26, 2017
Its english creole the AAVE or the African American Vernacular English
Its true if you dont know look it up.
Justsaying

United States

#128 Apr 26, 2017
I have no accent people say I sound white but my voice is plain if you know what I mean?

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