Thursday, April 09, 2009
Ghetto Names, Sad But True
I can't even get mad at these guys for making fun of ghetto names because it is true. A certain population of black folks who, for reasons unknown, like to make up names for their children. Phonetics and spelling be damned, they are determined to come up with the most ridiculous name you could think of under the guise of being unique, different or dare I say sophisticated.
Making up ridiculous names for children is not cute. It's not cute when you put 'La' in the front or an '-isha' in the back. The poor children are branded for life and it's no surprise when Quanisha or DeVonte shows up for a job interview that they are black. No guess there, one look at the name is a dead giveaway. These names are ghetto as hell and there's nothing funny or cute about them.
Call old or call me square but I remember back when names meant something. I'm not talking about made up names either. In my husband's culture, names are very important, children aren't named until seven or eight days after they are born. The child's name is revealed in an all day naming ceremony and the child is always named after someone else, a family member or an esteemed friend. No one makes up a name to give their child ever and there's a good reason for not to.
There are other ways to express your creativity without branding your child for life. Ghetto names go beyond ethnic, Muslim or African names, they are in a class by themselves. As ridiculous as some of these names in the video sound, some people are out there thinking they will name their next daughter Watermelondria or Barackisha. It's sad but true.