Graduating Black Teen Has The Best Senior Quote In The Yearbook
BY SUSAN JOHNES
Being a Black student calls for innovation and creativity to achieve black excellence and stand out from the rest of the students.
That gives you the ability to code-switch your way through life with ease. Indeed, one teen knew just how to express her senior quote in her high school yearbook.
Savanna Tomlinson, a graduating senior, made the perfect reference to White privilege with her hilarious addition. The quote beside her top picture read, “Anything is possible when you sound Caucasian on the phone.”
The 17-year-old West Palm Beach, Florida teen immediately created a Twitter firestorm with the comedic but realistic commentary. Twitter fans agreed that her reference was spot on with their experiences.
Since the photo got to Twitter, it has received more than 140,000 likes and 60,000 retweets in the past few days. While the internet found her quote hilarious, there is one person who did not, her mom who was just being honest.
The quote went viral as many black Twitter users supported the idea that code-switching is a fact of life for a majority of black folk.
In a recent interview with the HuffPost, Tomlinson said she got the idea for the quote a few months ago after comedian Jaboukie Young tweeted about how he received a free plane ticket by sounding like a “white” on the phone. Even though she found his comment, funny, it was relevant and inspired her to use it as the basis for her senior quote.
“According to my opinion, sounding ‘Caucasian’ doesn’t necessarily mean your diction. It could mean just a simple change of your tone and voice pitch,” Tomlinson said.
She added, “I code switch most of the time. Even though it is always unintentional, there is always thought in the back of my head to leave a good impression, and I achieve it by code-switching.”
Some of Twitter fans have suggested that the quote is fueling a divide. But Tomlinson isn’t fazed by the criticisms. Tomlinson said she felt that anyone who finds the quote to be racially divisive was entitled to their opinion just as she was entitled to hers.
Tomlinson added that she believed that such people do not realize or accept the unfortunate truths of life for minorities in America. Currently, Tomlinson is working on getting an associate’s and master’s degree all before age 23. She noted her interest in pursuing a career in writing, public speaking and modeling.
The teen has taken advantage of her 15 minutes of internet fame and intentionally urged her followers to help her get Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ scholarship.
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