Woman Asks If She Can Change Her ‘Ghetto Name?’

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The Shaniqua’s, Shanene’s, LaQuan’s, Monifa’s, LaTiquia’s and others with flavorful, unique, undeniably African American names may be intensely reading this article to see the outcome of the question: “Can I change my ghetto name?”

A woman who begged the courageous question is named “Laquita” and The Root’s Jenee’ Desmond-Harris addressed it as a question of her African American culture.  The question is definitely rhetorical because, of course, everyone knows they have the ability to legally change their name once they’re an adult.  The real inquiry appears to be one of acceptance. It almost seems as though the woman is asking the black community for  permission to change her name because she may feel she’s turning her back on her culture.

The Root’s Jenee Desmond Harris pointed out that the reason she’s been pushed to make this inquiry is that white America has denied certain opportunities to those who feel that the people behind such a name are  from a lower socio-economic class themselves with little to no education:

“Nope, the only thing “wrong” with “Laquita,” …in the minds of those who are so put off by it is likely that it’s “associated with lower socioeconomic status” (pdf). My view is that the disdain isn’t really for the three innocent little syllables but, rather, for the type of black person who they imagine would choose to put them together. And even if your name really does correlate, as one study showed that some do, with having parents without a high school education, is that something to be ashamed of? Even in a country where the racial wealth gap was “built” and the ghetto is “public policy”?”

Do you think you have been passed over for a job because of your name?  Have you wanted to change your name because of the lack of opportunities or do you really hate your “ghetto” name?  Read this article before you make your decision.

Check out Key & Peele’s take on our unique names from a comical point-of-view.

-J.C. Brooks

One thought on “Woman Asks If She Can Change Her ‘Ghetto Name?’”

  1. I’ve often wondered where all these strange sounding names that end with “eesha” “equa” “ita” came from. I feel sorry for the young ladies who are burdened with these names, because the first image that pops up in the evil minds of “Tea-Party Amerikka” is an over-weight, false-eye-lashed, inarticulate, section eight recipient with ten unruly rug rats. This racist stereo-type of Amerikkka might prohibit these young ladies from getting into that leading university or employment at that Fortune 500 corporation. In a perfect world it wouldn’t make a difference, but we don’t live in a perfect world. Fanteeking

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