Code Switching vs. Soul Switching
The act of changing your language, tone and mannerisms in the way you express yourself in conversations or relationships is known as code switching. Code switching is often used by leaders of color to “fit in” in order to make others feel comfortable and not be viewed as intimidating or aggressive. Code switching is a way to have your voice heard and is sometimes necessary to make change.
The act of changing your values, convictions and beliefs and forsaking your history and heritage in the way you express yourself in relationships and the way you live your life is soul switching. Soul Switching is a fine line leaders of color must walk. When you lose yourself and your soul in order to have your voice heard and make change you may at the same time do more damage to yourself, your community and your sprit.
Follow the Soul of your convictions and shine as a leader. You may not always agree with others, but make sure you can make change and at the end of the day come home to your community. You have succeeded when your elders and youth from heaven and earth say job well done my good and faithful servant.