Actually this isn’t just a black problem. Everyone is being pretentious. Blacks do it by coming up with ridiculous made-up names. Whites do it by re-spelling normal names abnormally and using previously totally obscure Irish names.
They are all obnoxiously pretentious. My boy is just George.
Samantha - She who listens
Arlen - Pledged one
Dorthea - Gift of God
Beatrice - Happy blessing
Of course, they now stand out in their millennial generation because their names aren't made up or uniquely spelled.
I sometimes wonder if the parents making up names and spellings are just simply illiterate and proud of it.
Well said. There is a radio announcer around here who pronounces her name "Cottie" and spells it "Kati." How much do you want to bet her name is really "Katherine"?