"You speak so well!"
This tweet sums up how I feel about that. My first week of work in San Francisco had me on edge because I'd go from speaking a certain way with my black friends who were also working in the city to speaking a certain way in the office. The former never commented on my manner of speech, but always, ALWAYS there was at least one white person in the office who thought they were being complimentary when noticing my proper grammar and vocabulary. If, for some reason, these same people see me speaking the patois of my East Oakland comrades, the look of shock and disappointment is palpable. I can almost hear them thinking, "I thought you were different."
I use 'y'all' and 'finna' because I don't associate my intelligence with my use of colloquial euphemisms. Ebonics is cultural not remedial.— GEMINIA (@NiaSVaughn) July 13, 2015