The youngest of Black girls are scrutinized for their language choices and surveilled on the basis of their ability to shift out of their vernacular and into Standard English (SE). In this essay, I revisit my own Black girlhood (Brown, 2013) to interrogate how those in schooled contexts compelled me to deny the “skin that (I) speak” (Delpit, 2002, p. xvii). Using intersectionality as my theoretical frame (Collins, 2000), I arrive at new understandings about resisting multiple oppressions and consider possible interventions at the school level.
Keywords: Black girlhood, intersectionality, African-American Language (AAL), identity, code-meshing.
Jones, P. (2017). Under Surveillance: Interrogating Linguistic Policing in Black Girlhood. Occasional Paper Series, 2017 (38). https://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2017/iss38/5