top of page

Is My Name White Enough For You

People in the diaspora are not entirely new to the experience of having their names being mispronounced or being ridiculed. While I empathize with the stark difference in languages and pronunciations that lead to this unease, I do not sympathize with the mockery and the stereotyping.

I have often felt a systemic disinterest or lack of effort to understand how to pronounce certain non-Western names. Naturally, the effects are more than just an awkward moment. Often it leads to people feeling unseen, unheard, or at worst boycotted. It is a thankless gesture from a society which, no matter how much you try to integrate in while also keeping your heritage alive — will probably never entirely accept you as one of their own.

I think it is about time that we reconsidered which names are mainstream and which not.

Describe a time someone took the effort to pronounce your name properly and how it made you feel.

28 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page