#6. Giving Their Children Made-Up Names That Are Hard to Spell and Pronounce
It’s universally accepted that Black People are creative. Music, literature, hair styles, apparel– Black People have certainly left their mark. However, Black People’s creativity doesn’t stop with themselves, it also extends to their children, too.
While parents from other cultures may be perfectly content to settle for naming their kids “John”, “Mary”, “Thomas” or “Jennifer”, Black People can never settle for anything that’s too common (or “Non-Black”).
“Shaniqua” (or “Shaneikqua”), “LaVernius”, “Condoleeza”, “Earthwind”, “Tyreke”, “Javon” and there are plenty more made up Black names where those came from.
In a Black Person’s ongoing quest to be as Black as they can possibly be (see #1. Being Black), giving their child(ren) a distinct or unusual name that will instantly label them as “Black” even in print is one of the most gracious things a Black Person can do for their child. This will ensure their child(ren) will never be able to forget their Blackness and that no one else will be able to forget it either.