Skip to comments.Open Editorial: You Named Your Baby WHAT???
Posted on 03/30/2006 12:41:35 PM PST by twippo
Someone needs to sit our people down and have a healthy discussion about the names we as African Americans are giving our children. We are hurting our kids and putting their futures in peril from the moment they are born.
Thats right, I said it. We are KILLING our kids and crippling their futures with the names we give them. Dont you want your kids to get JOBS someday? Good jobs, and serious careers? With a name like Jaquez JaQuan Diante, youre dooming your sons to a life of drug dealing on some seedy street corner.
Our Black men face enough challenges. I do not subscribe to the notion that we are giving our children names that convey pride in their African Heritage. Were way off the mark. Ive got dear friends from all over Africa, and their children have beautiful cultural names like Akos, Ama, and Fia.
Notice how neither of those names had a quita in it? Or an eisha? Or more than four syllables? Thats because even in the motherland, they dont give their kids the crazy names that we do in Black America. Many Africans even RESENT the implication that these names stem from their culture. Ive yet to meet anyone from any African nation named Shaquandiniquah Takeisha, or any other of the colorful monikers were pinning on brand new precious lives.
Parents, we are stacking the odds against our children from birth. Weve been doing it for generations, but we get mighty cross when white and mainstream America laughs and mocks us. With a name like Quieshianiquita (I know, I cant pronounce it either), youre dooming your children to employment at no better than a dollar store or the nearest fast-food joint.
You are automatically relegated in the minds of many to second-class citizenry, because when they hear the name, they instantly categorize you as ignorant, ghetto, incompetent, uneducated, and not worthy of much respect or basic human considerations.
We hear so often about African American students who excel in school, etc. and beat the odds. Well, guess what? Often times, the odds they have to beat is the tough challenge of being taken seriously in America with the atrocious name you gave them...names like Jaquisheia Shaquan Taiisha. If they can get someone to look past the name (and quit laughing), there is remarkable talent there in that person.
Unfortunately though, much of mainstream America isnt willing to find this out. Come in with the wrong name, and you are nothing more than fodder for stereotypical, distasteful jokes. We as African Americans face enough challenges as it is. Our kids deserve a better start and a way better shot than this.
Youre angry with me? I can live with that. Now answer this: when have you ever seen an IBM Executive or a fancy New York office with a fancy highrise office door nameplate that says Quandaniquah Roshel-Shaquita, Chief Executive Officer? When? You dont, and you never have, because the reality is, corporate America and a huge chuck of mainstream doesnt have a high regard for those names. Quite frankly, you wont be taken seriously.
Ive been behind many a closed door with white corporate America. Oddly enough, many of them still see the Negro in the room as non-existent or invisible, so they talked like I wasnt even in the room. I hear everything they say. When Nakia Shaniquah-Quashiqua fills out an application, they have a field day in the office. Once they get their fill of ghetto and weave jokes and ripping you to pieces sight unseen, they usually toss the application, or it gets stuck in the bottom of the pile. If they do hire you, youre relegated to some meaningless, inconsequential task behind the scenes so they wont be embarrased by you.
Ive learned the harsh truth that right or wrong, no quality mainstream company wants someone named (oh just pick a name) representing them in the forefront. We dont hear that, though. We just want you to get the name right, and look at you funny if you dont. I recall a time a young woman got really cross with me because her name was LaShiquita and I forgot to capitalize the S and left the little accent mark off the first i - how was I supposed to know? But lawd hamercy...what did I do THAT for? She was mad, hostile, and ready to FIGHT! It was a BIG ridiculously overblown embarassing ordeal (for her), and thats OUR fault, parents.
She wouldnt have such a huge chip on her shoulder and be so defensive, confrontational and mean if we had just given her a name that the average person can pronounce or spell. No spell check in the world can help, so most of her existence is spent correcting the spelling of her name, and feeling disrespected because people cant get it right. We set her up for this constant and unnecessary battle.
I do not advocate naming all our children Bobby and Susie. But lets do our babies a favor and keep the syllables down to a minimum, leave out the suffixes quita, sheika,eisha, niqua, quan...anysuffix with the letter Q. I could go on, but you get where I'm headed.And if you want your child to have an authentic African or other ethnic name, do a little research. Dont just make up a name and expect the world to be able to spell and pronounce it. You're not being original or cute. That child has to LIVE with that horrible name, and that's not funny...or cute.
Amen. Now pass the cornbread.
Sounds like she made the best of it, and was a very classy young lady!
In THE GREAT GATSBY", there is a female character whose first name is Jordan.
I've never read The Great Gatsby (or seen the movie.) Is it worth the read?
There are a lot of girl Jordans out here in the Utah Bible-belt. We even have a Jordan River, it is biblical after all.
I think Giovanna is a gorgeous name. It means "gift from God."
I also like Adriana, Alessandra, Cara, Elena, Fiorenza, Francesca, and Serena.
When we lived in Virginia, the wife of an employee had a little girl. They had 12 children and I guess she just could not come up with a name so she called her Female and pronounced it Feemalee.
Those are great ones!
David--> Solomon--> Rehoboam--> Abijah--> Asa.
(Abijah's name also appears as Abijam.)
It's beyond selfishness, but sheer stupidity to name one's child in such a manner that he/she is the subject of mockery every time someone pronounces his/her name. Laughter and ridicule at the expense of a young child's name isn't funny but hurtful to those young children growing up.
There was a Monty Python skit once with an Angus Podgorny (doing battle with a gigantic blancmange).
I went to that website out of curiosity. Thank you!
Years ago, some people around here (who shall remain unnamed) started calling me "Nitz" on occasion (for reasons that will remain unstated).
Now I can tell 'em to shutup and call me "Buckwheat." :-)
"How about Lemonjello ("Le'mon'jelow")"
A friend and I were laughing over our geneaology and the strange names. Her family is Scot-Irish, mine French and Spanish. She has Sophronia and Obijohn. I have Olampye and Balthasard Esnould.Thank goodness no one used them again. How can ANYONE look at a newborn and call it 'Olampye'? Why not Otable, or Osofa?
But these popular black names are unpronounceable! What is it? Are they trying to sound high-class and sophisticated by adding 'la' and 'sha' to everything? Where and when did it start? There are beautiful African names from African languages, but this garbled amalgamation of Baby Daddy and Baby Mama's names with a 'la' in front and a 'sha' behind just SCREAMS 'low class'!
No, you didn't.
The hell we didn't! The kitten ended up in our yard on my son's 7th birthday. Dog treed him. Brought him into the house and he was family for 9 years. Died in 2003, from infections from being nailed with BB guns.
Why wouldn't you think someone wouldn't name a cat "Angus"? We had a cat named Ozzy many years back. Is that also unbelievable?
"If it weren't for the Hoggs, the Placentas, the Lemonandorangejellos and the Shi'theads, this thread would have 38 replies on it."
And your point is?
Not me. I haven't mentioned blacks at all.
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