How Your “Black Dialect” Could Harm You With Employers

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I once worked for an Iranian woman as her personal assistant. She was strict, stubborn, and tough. In other words, she was a bitch. But she was a bitch that was about her business. So, for that, I respected her. Well, at least I did until she made a comment about my speech.

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One day while in the office she asked to speak to me and told me that I needed to work on my accent. Now, this coming from a woman who herself had an accent that I could barely understand at times, you can understand why this was insulting to me. She went on to say that I pronounced the word “ask” like “ax”.

She went on to say that I pronounced the word “ask” like “ax”.

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