My family is from Nigeria, and my full name is Uzoamaka, which means “The road is good.” Quick lesson: My tribe is Igbo, and you name your kid something that tells your history and hopefully predicts your future. So anyway, in grade school, because my last name started with an A, I was the first in roll call, and nobody ever knew how to pronounce it. So I went home and asked my mother if I could be called Zoe. I remember she was cooking, and in her Nigerian accent she said, “Why?” I said, “Nobody can pronounce it.” Without missing a beat, she said, “If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, they can learn to say Uzoamaka.”
“give your daughters difficult names. give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. my name makes you want to tell me the truth. my name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.” - Warsan Shire
Never trust anyone who tries to give u a nickname instead if learning to pronounce your full name.
don’t befriend people whose names you can’t learn to pronounce quickly. assigning an anglicized name is disrespectful.
(Source: wesgoblins, via shmurdamagicalgirl)
Anonymous said: The leaders of the white community need to speak out about the riots at pumpkinfest. This white on white violence needs to be addressed. Savages.
MAYBE if they stopped wearing polos, yoga pants, and Uggs, they would earn our respect during this tragic crime!
Look, I’m not a reverse racist. I have white family members and friends. But if the white community needs to get this stuff under control, we need to make sure white children aren’t growing up in this destructive culture.
Tuh! well MAYBE if they weren’t so LAZY and did well in school they wouldn’t be such thugs! I MEAN, look at me! *I’ve* worked hard for everything I’ve gotten, they have no excuse!!!