A Quvenzhané by Any Other Name…

In the wake of the hullaballoo over folks refusing to say Quvenzhané Wallis’ name got me to thinking: what’s the most hilarious/horrifying experience people have had regarding their “unconventional” or “ethnic” names?

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Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs about race and ethnicity for National Public Radio. He is a native of South Philly and reads and writes and runs and rants. You can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to him on Facebook.

4 comments to A Quvenzhané by Any Other Name…

  • My name is Wasi – it rhymes with Lassie. You’d think it would be pretty simple…
    Pronunciations I get: Wazzy – Wozzy – Wossy – even Wah-zi and Vassy – and on the phone: Wesley (I am not a guy, thank you), Ashley, Lesley…

  • But on the good side, the benefit of having a hard-to-pronounce name is that it makes it that much easier to identify telemarketers & creditors when they call.

  • DMac

    People can pronounce my last name, but its Scottish. It amazes me how many White people ask, “I don’t understand, how do you have a Scottish last name?” And then I have to explain that once upon a time there was this thing called slavery…

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