Racism and names
A friend linked this New York Times article today. Apparently, having a “too black” name can handicap you when it comes to finding certain jobs. Not surprising, really, but depressing,
Did I handicap my son by naming him something that looks black and often gets pronounced “Mar-kwam” even though it’s actually pronounced the way the bridge in Portland, Oregon is pronounced? If this factor had occurred to us in those first few sleep-deprived nights when we were trying to decide on a name, would we have let it alter our decision? To what extent do you play by the racist rules, and teach your children to? And to what extent do you fight them? My instinct is always to say fight, but I also have to acknowledge that this is easier to do when you’re white. If my son grows up and wants to change the spelling of his name, or go by his middle name, in order to make his life a little easier, who could blame him?
I’ve revived I blog and added a couple new tags, because these tags are the things if been thinking about a lot lately. Share your thoughts with me, please.