BACK TO SCHOOL!!
It’s been a minute but I got a minute so let me tell you what has been on my mind lately.
It is back to school time and while I don’t get to enjoy the benefits of a primary school aged child yet, I am still excited about back to school!
I can finally go to the store in the middle of the day without being ambushed.
So many cute
However, as we start the new school year I would like to take the time to speak on a TIMELESS matter within the black community.
I’m not even talking literally this go-round but trust we’ll get there.
I’m talking directly about SOME African-American educators finding humor at poking at JazMaynes’ name as if you still didn’t read it off your roster as Jasmine.
As if this is the first unique spelling you’ve ever seen in your professional career.
We trust our teachers with the social development and growth of our children almost 8 hours a day 5 days a week. The last thing these children need is someone shattering their individuality. A child between the ages of 5 and 19 has not even met themselves yet, all they know for sure relating to their identity is their name.
So, don’t shit on it.
Don’t purposely butcher it.
Do not change it to make it fit your ‘context’.
Try your best to not even chuckle at it.
I may be too personally invested in the matter but according to my social media accounts, the shit still hasn’t stopped since I was in elementary school.
So here we are.
Back to school again.
Let me go ahead and give you some real quick and ReeLateable guidance:
1. It’s NOT okay to call a child’s name and/or parent ghetto in front of the entire class.
2. It’s NOT okay to ignore the child who continuously corrects you on the pronunciation and or spelling of their names.
3. It’s NOT okay constantly ask can you call them “INSERT SOME BULLSHIT ASS NICKNAME” because “pronouncing it correctly is just too hard.”
4. It’s NOT okay to replace the more common/traditional spelling of a child’s name for your convenience.
FOR EXAMPLE –
It’s Nik, not Nick.
It is Deon, not Deion.
It’s Alisha, not Alicia.
And It’s Chaliph, not Khalif.
Basically, call these babies by their names correctly unless asked otherwise.
You’re in charge of shaping their minds for the next school year –
It’ll be a lot easier if you don’t crush their self-image in the meantime.
Just a broke, trying-to-make-it Mom.
I’ll see you next time I’m around the Herstun Writer.
Happy back to school everyone!