I’ve had enough…
I know this is a touchy subject, kind of like the whole “good hair” thing, but I have to address it. In my line of work I see it every day and it urks the living day lights out of me. Why do people insist on giving their children these stupid names trying to call themselves being unique? I know Rachelle Danielle may not be the best name to give a child but it’s definitely better than “Glory Hallelujah”, “Imunique” and “Flycimadiva” all of which have come through my office. It’s sad when we get a case and without even talking to the parent or knowing anything about the claimant, I hear a co-worker say “Oh he/she’s black”. I used to get upset with them for being ignorant, my statement to them would always be “oh so African Americans are the only ones that name their children ridiculous names”. Granted they were and are out of pocket, so please don’t think I’m defending them, but we aren’t making it any better. I’m all for being different and stepping out the box…but when we step out the box can we make sure it’s at least phonetically correct? I called one of my claimants just the other day, his name is “Enajhae”…his mother had the audacity to get mad because I couldn’t pronounce his name. Umm I’m sorry I don’t speak stupid. Ok maybe that was a little insensitive …I’m just saying if you’re going to try to be all original with your child’s name, expect people to mess it up. Oh and for the record his name is pronounced “e-jay” Now how in the world did she get EJ out of that? Unfortunately it’s not the first time I’ve dealt with an angry claimant because I couldn’t say their or their child’s name. It’s like they can’t comprehend why I can’t figure out which letters are silent and which ones I’m supposed to pronounce. My bad…I must have missed that lecture in English class. I seriously wanted to tell her…if you learned how to spell and stop trying to throw all these silent letters in your child’s name, people wouldn’t have a problem pronouncing it. But I value my job, so I was forced to apologize and say “e-jay” thus fueling the cycle of ignorance. I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get my point by now.
Oh but before I go
I know many people will say “who are you to talk; you don’t even have any children.” You’re 100% right, but please believe when I do decide to have a child they won’t have a name like “Uvonika” ,“Necovia” or “Quamar” Again, all real names that have come through my office. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had this conversation with people and they’ve said I was “acting white” or “stuck up” because I want my child to have a name A- with a meaning, B- they can spell before their 10th birthday, and C- they won’t automatically get discriminated against before they even have a shot. So at this point, say whatever, but I can guarantee you this…If my child(ren) don’t succeed in this world, it won’t be because their name held them back. You definitely won’t be able to look at their application and tell their race.