The author of What’s In a Name? Kind of a Lot was inspired by the Oscar awards after Ryan Seacrest and others were unable to pronounce the name of Quvenzhane’. The author emphasizes the importance of naming and why we should strive to know the exact pronunciation of someone’s name. The idea of recognizing one’s self-sanctioned name is to concede the humanity in someone. She goes ahead to profess that refusing to learn someone’s name pointedly says that you are not worth because the problem is not in difficulty in the name, but in how one views its significance (McPoverty, 2013).
On the other hand, the writer of ”My Name” from The House on Mango Street explains how she inherited the name of her grandmother which has a different meaning in different languages. She wishes not to inherit the life of her grandmother and wishes something better than that. The two writers explain how disgusting it feels to be nicknamed by others or for people to make fun out of your name. On the contrary, Sandra wishes to change her name in order to fit in the society while the other writer expresses her desire to see the world appreciate people’s name and strive to know their names to appreciate humanity in them (Cisneros, 1987).
I would agree with Brokery McPoverty on the idea of respecting other people’s names. Black women have been stripped of changing themselves, their bodies and they been great victims of social media roasting. Gender and skin color should not be viewed as a means of treating or call anyone whichever you want. Respect is key in society and should not be based on gender or color. A friend of mine has been a victim of social media roasting due to her body size, and I can conclude that it is a very disturbing situation. In most cases, it can lead to acute depression which may never heal. I would urge us to respect each other regardless of their culture, race, gender, and size.
McPoverty, Brokery. “What’s In a Name? Kind of a lot.” Uptown Magazine 26 2 2013.
Olivares, Julian. “Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street, and the Poetics of Space.” The Americas Review 15.3-4 (1987): 160-70.