What is “blaccent” and why is Awkwafina criticized?

just like black fishing – which attempts to appropriate black culture through hairstyles, makeup, etc. – a “blaccent” is when a non-black person imitates the way a black person speaks. Simply put, blaccent — a combination of the words “black” and “accent” — is considered offensive and racist when used by a non-black person.

So what prompted Awkwafina to quit Twitter amid accusations of blaccent? The Golden Globe-winning actress, whose real name is Nora Lum, recently announced that she is taking a break from the social media app after being criticized for using African American Vernacular English (AAVE) these last years.

The actor, who is also a person of color, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award – the “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People” – in the United States, which is awarded to people with “outstanding performance in film , television, theatre, music and literature”.

She took to Twitter to share a lengthy statement about it: “As a non-black POC, I stand by the fact that I will always listen and work tirelessly to understand the history and context of AAVE, what is deemed appropriate or backwards towards the progress of ALL and ALL marginalized groups.

“But I must emphasize: To mock, belittle or be mean in any way at the expense of others is: Simply. Not. My nature. It never was and it never was.

the boobies rich asian The star also attempted to explain his use of ‘blaccent’ and AAVE, writing, “My immigrant background allowed me to forge an American identity from the movies and TV shows I watched. , the kids I went to public school with, and my undying love and respect for hip-hop. I think as a group, Asian Americans are still trying to figure out what this trip means to them.

Speaking on the issue, author and activist Mikki Kendall said CNN“‘Blaccent’ is a term describing the false racist accent and cultural appropriators use when they imitate black people. Black people have accents, but we don’t all have the same one and yet these two groups always use the same accent when they imitate black people.

Slamming Awkwafina’s attempted apology on Twitter, African-American author Britni Danielle also shared her opinion, writing, “Awkwafina could have just said, ‘You were right. I used a blaccent to make a name for myself and it was wrong. I apologize with all my heart and I will do better from now on.

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