YES. WEAPONIZING IMMIGRANT NAMES IS A THING.

Updated: Jun 3, 2021

The nerve of these people....


I try to keep my platform as positive as possible, but I also realize how important it is for readers to see that I'm human, I experience the ups and downs of life just like everyone else and sometimes I still feel the urge to punch people in the throat.

With this in mind, I thought it wise to share a stressful moment I experienced today:


So I’m in a virtual meeting. I also happen to be helping my 5-year-old whose teacher just asked him to name differences between sand and soil. At the same time, I’m keeping an ear out for the 9year old as well because who gets more distracted than a 9yr old boy, right?

So in the middle of all these activities, I hear a coworker credit a project I was fully involved in (70% at least) without mentioning MY name.


Is that even possible, Biodun?

Apparently, it is!


He names the other 2 on my team and continues with his speech. Like nothing happened. Those 2, bless their hearts call his attention and mention me. Dude apologizes, continues to speak and does it again. Mentions another project and omits Me. The other 2 bring it to his attention again. He apologizes again and says “I’m sorry but to be honest, I don’t know how to pronounce your name and that’s why I did that.”

These are the microaggressions people like me have to face everyday and while it might not seem like a big deal to some, or any deal at all, it is!

A. BIG. ASS. DEAL.

That someone thinks it's alright to erase months of work because they cannot be bothered to pronounce my name properly (or mispronounce it and get corrected.)

Consider how Fox TV hosts constantly take jabs at Kamala by mispronouncing her name. A trend that became prevalent around the last election season.


What’s in a name, you say? Oh nothing, just my identity. *strolling away now.


Are you bi-cultural/immigrant and have experienced similar microaggressions in your workspace or any community? I would love to hear about it.

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