29 June 2011

Can't Find Your Name on a Keychain?

First impressions are everything. When someone knows your name prior to meeting you, your first name is their first impression. When I began teaching, I knew my students' name before I met them. Upon hearing and reading names like “something-isha” and “something-liah,” I knew most of my students were black.

Okay, I know we all want our (future) kids to stand out, but why go to infinity and beyond in sticking them with a name that will be written on resumes, homework assignments and all other important documents for the rest of their lives? Yes, they can always legally change it, but that costs money. Why should your kid pay for better opportunities in life because you thought combining 8 names in one was “unique”? Geez. I was looking through my little cousin's high school yearbook this weekend. Lord, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the names I saw... 0_0 No lie, I saw Craigneisha, Jzvatnie, Leighla, McKynleigh. What the hell were they thinking?! Really? We, as people, must do better. All of your creativity need not be placed in your child's name (or your hair and nails, for that matter).

While I am totally against making assumptions about anyone's background, I do believe that people whose names are not easily pronounced or “too ethnic” have an even harder time getting jobs, and are more likely to be discriminated against. I don't approve of it fully, but it happens.

This post is not meant to offend anyone, but I wish people would at least think of their child's future. Honestly, would you rather have a gynecologist or doctor named Dr. Craigneisha Alize Jamison or Dr. Katelyn Rebecca Smith? Your thoughts?


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