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African American Names!!

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posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 10:40 PM
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I hope this thread isn't taken a way I don't intend. Just for background, I'm a 33 white make from mississippi. That said I grew up in trailerparks and project housing, more then once being the only "white" (race is a BS creation) family on the block. Never had one bit of trouble tho. In fact me and my brother were fairly "untouchable" because of it. We an army of sorta thugged out friends who would go the bat for us instantly. Multiple times having having a black best friend in school.


Ok here's where I could be precieved as racist and the actual rant. :p




WHAT tHE HELL! are African Americans thinking when they name there kid ghetto @$$ names!!!

They grew up in America, at times getting profiled and disrespected over there race! Why in the hell would you ensure your child has as hard a time as humanly possible?? Just so you can look ghetto as hell to your friends because you named your child shiniqua!!! Do you really need to feel so unique that it's worth sabotaging every job application your child ever has!!

It's ridiculous, anytime a real employer (aka not fast food) sees a ghetto @$$ name on an application. I guarentee it's trash canned! All so you can brag to your unemployed friends about how you spelled it different....


Stop playing into the stereo type!!! Or if you just freakin have to leave your child out of it!!!


I 100% agree it shouldn't matter what your parents name you, but we all know it does. I'm cool with political statements like that and such, but you have NO right to hamstring your child like that!




posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 10:48 PM
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a reply to: Entreri06

If your employer is judging you on your name alone, then you don't want to work for that company anyway.

I do some what agree with what you are saying just think a little more tact could have been used.

What is a 'ghetto ass name' to you may not be to others.



posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 10:56 PM
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The name shiniqua a is actually a traditional African name, not sure you have the spelling write. So people of English decent name their kids with boring traditional Anglo names like Christopher and Brian and Susan and Mary, how boring is that... imagine if we all were named those four boring names, what a boring world it would be.



posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 10:56 PM
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a reply to: Entreri06

Oh boy,I'm glad I'm not you right now.



posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 11:06 PM
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a reply to: Entreri06


They grew up in America, at times getting profiled and disrespected over there race! Why in the hell would you ensure your child has as hard a time as humanly possible?? Just so you can look ghetto as hell to your friends because you named your child shiniqua!!! Do you really need to feel so unique that it's worth sabotaging every job application your child ever has!!

Defiantly stating their racial and cultural identity because they're proud of it in spite of the trouble it brings them?

When people are poor, have little education and feel a sense of exclusion from a world of opportunity that others enjoy, they value roots and identity more highly. They know that asserting their difference won't help them in practical ways; quite the opposite, in fact. But they do it out of pride, because it's all they have.

By the way, this is also how revolutionary religious fundamentalism grows among minorities and the poor in some countries.

On your specific comment regarding African-American names, I must admit that some names sound bizarre to my ears. But who am I to judge? I'm not black (or white either, for that matter); it ain't my culture and it's none of my business.



posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 11:08 PM
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a reply to: Entreri06

You mean a name like North West .



posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 11:13 PM
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originally posted by: Cloudbuster
The name shiniqua a is actually a traditional African name, not sure you have the spelling write. So people of English decent name their kids with boring traditional Anglo names like Christopher and Brian and Susan and Mary, how boring is that... imagine if we all were named those four boring names, what a boring world it would be.


Fair enough!! I said it was 100% wrong, but that doesn't change the perception of some one reading a job application. Which probubility says is likely to be an old white guy.



posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 11:15 PM
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originally posted by: hutch622
a reply to: Entreri06

You mean a name like North West .


Yup or any of the really wild spellings for normal names.

We are talking about job applications. Where how you spell your name is more important then how you say it.



posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 11:24 PM
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originally posted by: Astyanax
a reply to: Entreri06


They grew up in America, at times getting profiled and disrespected over there race! Why in the hell would you ensure your child has as hard a time as humanly possible?? Just so you can look ghetto as hell to your friends because you named your child shiniqua!!! Do you really need to feel so unique that it's worth sabotaging every job application your child ever has!!

Defiantly stating their racial and cultural identity because they're proud of it in spite of the trouble it brings them?

When people are poor, have little education and feel a sense of exclusion from a world of opportunity that others enjoy, they value roots and identity more highly. They know that asserting their difference won't help them in practical ways; quite the opposite, in fact. But they do it out of pride, because it's all they have.

By the way, this is also how revolutionary religious fundamentalism grows among minorities and the poor in some countries.

On your specific comment regarding African-American names, I must admit that some names sound bizarre to my ears. But who am I to judge? I'm not black (or white either, for that matter); it ain't my culture and it's none of my business.


Probubally so,but still wrong to put YOUR desire to celebrate one portion or your racial history (African Americans are a mix of Native American, European and African. The only reason they are cinsidered African is the racist 3/5th law) in the forefront of you child's entire life!

I bet any study ever done would agree with me. That ghetto names have a far less of a sucess rate then Anglo or other nationalities in America.



posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 11:42 PM
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A lot of these name are not African, DeSean, LaTonya, Precious. I've worked at 2 different companies that would 'file' applications with getto names, right or wrong it does happen. And Sean seems like a nice name the way it is, no need to be 'Unique'(another name I've run into)



posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 11:43 PM
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a reply to: Entreri06

I agree about weirdly spelled names, but this is absolutely not limited to blacks. I've seen plenty of whites with their idiotic names like Melissa - as Mellyisah or Cindy - as Cyndee. Yeah I prejudge when I see someone with their "yoonique" name spelling, even though I know it's not their fault their parents cursed them in this way. If my parents named me Meechelle, your darn straight I'd be "Shelly" or whatever.



posted on Jun, 18 2015 @ 11:50 PM
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The one that probably made me say "Huh?" the hardest was in a convenience store in Houston.
A woman, of the African descent, called her young daughter who was digging through the candies.
I don't know how her name was spelled, so I'll try to spell it phonetically.
"Juh-Nat-Uh-Lee-Uh!"



posted on Jun, 19 2015 @ 12:04 AM
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Sorry there's nothing African at all about Devontre or La'quita.

To the racially sensitive, progressive, "I'm color blind" types....that sh!+ is ghetto.



posted on Jun, 19 2015 @ 12:04 AM
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I disagree with the unique names part (a lot are traditional, just not Anglo, or at least not entirely Anglo) BUT I agree on the cre8tiv names part. Kymburleigh, Mackaylah, Sharlot, Jenipher, Mykal, Hamyltyn, etc. WTH is wrong with Kimberly, Michaela, Charlotte, Jenifer/Jennifer, Michael, Hamilton, and so forth that someone feels the need really butcher the spellings? And the fad names, don't get me started on those. I avoided them like the plague for mine, while a lot of people with kids my age have to contend with 50 other Avas and Bentleys and such. In my parent circle of friends, the repetitiveness is ridiculous. I have one of the 80's fad names, it really sucked having a name called out, and 7or8 other girls going "Um, which one of us...?" I could never intentionally name my kid that year's fad name, no way.

I stayed way the hell away from anything cre8tiv, and popular. Mine don't have names like Agnes or Ethel, but they're respectable traditional names that haven't cracked the top 500 in a long time, and ones that shouldn't hinder them much -- if at all -- in life, nor have them eyeballing half a dozen other people first when their name is spoken.



posted on Jun, 19 2015 @ 12:10 AM
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a reply to: Entreri06


Probubally so,but still wrong to put YOUR desire to celebrate one portion or your racial history (African Americans are a mix of Native American, European and African.

I don't really see how that follows. These people identify as African-American, and are so regarded by others — no matter what genetic mix they actually carry. Culture has very little to do with genetics; sadly, that little has mostly to do with skin colour and other 'racial' characteristics by which people identify their 'differences'.



posted on Jun, 19 2015 @ 12:36 AM
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I had a childhood crush on a girl named Emonyiesha... needless to say I don't share your sentiment. I also hope you never get the chance to review one of my children's applications if they ever have to resort to such a thing.



posted on Jun, 19 2015 @ 12:38 AM
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LOL Really dude? Do you expect us to name ourselves English names even though we have no connections to England? You do realize that the African Americans you've met with "traditionally white" names usually got those names from their ancestors' slaveowners, right? Any African American last name of Carter, Smith, Brown, Davis, Raines, Jones, etc was originally the name of the slaveowner and/or plantation that family was on. So many of us either kept our traditional pre-slavery names in secret or converted our names away from the names given to us in America.

Also, what's a traditional name? Have you seen actual European names? They can be incredibly "different & difficult to spell", like Donatas Motiejunas from Lithuania or Kostas Papanikolaou from Greece. Those are 2 players from my favorite NBA team, for the record. So maybe you just need to broaden your horizons. Not everybody has or should have the same kinds of names. That's like complaining because Chinese Americans don't convert their names to Mike Jones or Brad Smith.

EDIT: Sorry if this post seems like I'm piling on you. But I want you to realize that it's not just us who have "difficult" names. And that the ones with problems are the ones judging others strictly because of names. If a company is willing to overlook someone because they don't approve of their name, that's the company's loss. I fail to see what point a company is making by refusing to hire qualified people simply because the name seems "odd".

Also, different languages can spell the same names very differently. As an example, names like Mary, Marie, Maria, Mariam, and Miriam all come from the same original name. But what does the spelling of the name have to do with the person's abilities, qualifications, or trustworthiness?
edit on 19-6-2015 by enlightenedservant because: added 2 whole paragraphs



posted on Jun, 19 2015 @ 12:41 AM
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originally posted by: mikeone718
Sorry there's nothing African at all about Devontre or La'quita.

To the racially sensitive, progressive, "I'm color blind" types....that sh!+ is ghetto.


There are more than 500 different ethnic groups & 200 different languages spoken in Nigeria alone. And that's just one of the 50+ countries in Africa. Just because you don't know where a name comes from doesn't mean it's not real.



posted on Jun, 19 2015 @ 01:03 AM
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Are we gonna make a thread about the trailer park names too?
Or are we going to act like strange names is exclusive to black people being 'ghetto'?



posted on Jun, 19 2015 @ 01:09 AM
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originally posted by: Entreri06
Stop playing into the stereo type!!!
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Good advice.

So if we're doing away with stereotypes I take it you mean American names then?




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