White privilege is never being told that you’re spelling your last name incorrectly because others think it’s weird and cannot fathom the combination of consonants. It is having to defend the transliteration so many times to so many different people that you begin to wonder if you’re wrong - about your family’s name - after all.

White privilege is never becoming so frustrated with the constant mockery and confusion whenever someone encounters your name that, as a little girl, sometimes when you dream of getting married, it is not for love, but for the blessed day when you can present yourself as Mrs. Easily-Pronounceable instead of Miss Yes-That’s-My-Real-Name.

White privilege is never having to listen to your father jokingly tell people to think of your last name as an acronym, if that would make it easier for them. White privilege is never having to talk to your hurt family about why you want a different name so bad; never having to explain, in a child’s vocabulary, how every tripped-up pronunciation and “Wait, seriously? Where are the vowels in your name?” (as if my culture owes yours vowels) makes a little girl ashamed to show her heritage proudly in something so basic as her name.

Submission from elwynbrooks.

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    I’m sorry, can you please explain how the heck legitimately pointing out that this issue doesn’t have to do anything...
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  4. elwynbrooks reblogged this from dazzledfirestar and added:
    Thank you for the apology. Good luck to you too :)
  5. dazzledfirestar reblogged this from elwynbrooks and added:
    You’re right. We can only speak to our own experiences and communities and frankly, I wish I were a part of the ones...
  6. memegendered reblogged this from orionmunroe and added:
    Ok fuck, lemme say what none of the POC people who are here have been wanting to say because they’re nice and I’m in no...
  7. orionmunroe reblogged this from dazzledfirestar and added:
    Yes Daz you are right about this not only being a poc issue and yes white people can have this happen to them., but this...