"You're so articulate."
Whether you realize it or not, that's an insult. What it means to me is that you don't expect much of people who look like I do. Basically, you think all other Black men are fools, or that we speak like runaways or hiphop minstrels?
I speak in the way my parents sent me to school to learn. I don't mask my accent or words that I might use among my own people. I speak how a gentleman should, despite the color of his skin. The fact that I'm Black should never give you a free pass to assume that my language skills would be any less impressive than yours.
I did not come here on a boat. Neither did my parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents. We're all American-born. I wouldn't call us Americans, simply because everything I've taught and learned has shown me that we're not treated as such. Even my own life's experiences have allowed me to see the subtle differences between my class and yours.