152 - “Articulate” As a Compliment? We Need to Talk


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In the weeks leading up to and during the historic confirmation hearings of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, the first Black female justice was repeatedly recognized by a number of senators for being so “articulate” while being questioned. The “compliment” resonated at the same frequency as fingernails screeching across a chalkboard for many listeners. Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her special guest, Professor Inte’a DeShields: -- Unpack the cultural context of the word “articulate” - Discuss why the word is viewed as a linguistic aggression for Blacks and African-Americans - Consider the word’s relationship to “code-switching” and “racial bilingualism” - Provide a framework for analyzing the appropriateness of the word’s use and more suitable alternatives - Examine different strategies for responding to the “compliment” – particularly in workplace scenarios where there is an interest in preserving the relationship This podcast offers an in-depth discussion about how and why such a seemingly straightforward word has such a bruising impact for so many.

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