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How do you pronounce “Quvenzhane’ Wallis”?

#SayItRight

Her mom had NO other name to give this child? Not ONE? Not ANY OTHER one?

Give me a detailed explanation of what is wrong with her name. Or is it no white enough for you? I’m looking for receipts. I 3 page essay with sources cited on what is wrong with her name. I’m waitin.

It’s not a fucking race thing, an unpronounceable name is a burden upon any person, both socially and professionally. She will have to deal with 12 years of teachers being unable to pronounce her name and her peers making fun of her. That is something no parent should inflict upon their children

she’s not gonna have to deal with 12 years of anything but interviewers and award presenters and fellow esteemed actors acknowledging her talent AS WELL AS her name and if you’re one of the few ignoramouses left thats still having a problem with her name then bitch u betta learn

The person who turned this into a race thing is a fucking idiot,

Am i hoe? Last i checked white people be naming their kids after fruit, objects and plants and y’all call it “creative and quirky” but as soon as a poc names their child something FROM THEIR GODDAMN FUCKING CULTURE and doesn’t make white people and non black pocs happy, all the sudden its “ghetto” “too hard to pronounce”. Y’all sure make an effort to make sure you pronounce “schwarzenegger” correctly, but “Quvenzhane” aint worth your time to learn.

If a white bitch had the same name, yall would be praising her parents for being creative.

Sit the fuck down and stay in your shitty basic bland ass lane and let black folks deal with anti black shit. Only person who is an idiot is your mama for not swallowing you.

love all of this

But it’s okay for white people to name they kids Pilot Inspector right or is that kid not going to have a hard time in school too

“ an unpronounceable name is a burden upon any person”

I’m so angry about that sentence. Her name is pronounceable. All names are. My name is so easy to pronounce but I’ve gone through 2 decades of “What? Amelia? Amia? Ameener?”  It’s Ameena. Said how it looks.  With emphasis on the mean because I’m a huge bitch that’s tired of white people being clueless about things like this. And don’t get me started on my last name and 2 years of being called a ridiculous name because white supremacist standards can be perpetuated by even little black children who’ve been poisoned by it.

The thing is that white people have a history of erasing the names our people have had for hundreds of years in favor of something better. You’ve left this behind in colonies that are no longer white ruled but I still go by Amy because locals find it so hard to say Ah Meen Ah. 

Quavenzhane is easy to pronounce. Little black and brown children have beautiful names and if you cannot wrap your lips around them and then blame the child you are a terrible and racist person. Racist because like I mentioned, this is a thing that’s been done historically. The only thing is white people went from naming slaves John, naming a native boy put in catholic school away from his parents Henry, from laughing at names like Latchmi when your people entered india, to this; to laughing at the names of black and brown children and asking why its so hard to pronounce instead of asking how to pronounce it. You’ve layered this as a standard of treatment for names that aren’t english christian, even other PoC laugh at the names of their own people. 

An unpronounceable name is transformed into a burden via white supremacy. 

I’m white and I can pronounce Quavenzhane because I took the time to watch the video and paid attention to the pronunciation.

Not that hard.

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