ALERT: If You Are A WHITE Teacher And Do THIS To Minority Students, You Will Now Be FIRED


Quartz gives a prime example of the victim mentality that pervades American culture these days in an article entitled, “LINGUISTIC BIGOTRY – The Lasting Impact of White Teachers Who Mispronounce Minority Student Names.” Just the title makes me want to roll my eyes.  

The author goes into great detail describing how even just the mundane task of taking attendance for minority students is painful due to the mispronunciation of their names and it was vitally important that all minority students’ names be pronounced correctly as a result.


Now I reside in a city were no less than 90 languages are represented due to the significant refugee and migrant populations, I ask you how in the world a teacher or anyone else for that matter is going to be able to pronounce all names according to their proper pronunciation in a language that they do not speak? It’s a ludicrous proposition.

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Now I am not suggesting that we should go out of our way to make these students feel out of place or to belittle in any way. But asking how to properly pronounce a name and making every attempt to do so should be sufficient. My own family is of Italian heritage and I’ve spent most of my life spelling my entire name for people, including my first along with the basic mispronunciations that go with it.


White people are not exempt from name mispronunciation simply by virtue of being white and to assume so is ridiculous and frankly, a racist statement in and of itself.

The author – Clare McLaughlin states in the article –


Names hold ancestral and historical significance for many minority, immigrant, and English learning students. Names bring stories, which students are often forced to adapt to an “Americanized” context.  That transition, however, is often painful and forces many students to take on a name that is not their own.

Overlooking or downplaying the significance of getting a name right, explains Rita Kohli, assistant professor of education at the University of California at Riverside, is one of those “microagressions” that can emerge in a classroom and seriously undermine learning. Names have incredible significance to families, with so much thought, meaning and culture woven into them,’ Kohli says. ‘When the child enter school and teachers—consciously or not—mispronounce, disregard or change the name, they are in a sense disregarding the family and culture of the students as well.'”

The idea that a foreign culture is somehow aggression against you because they do not magically speak your language and have the ability to pronounce your name without some assistance from you or that this is not something that is going to come up over and over again is idiotic in the extreme.

If I were to go to China, Japan, Mexico, or any other country not my own, where my language is not the predominant one spoken, I can expect to have to pronounce, spell, and or address issues with my name on a regular basis. It’s part of a language and culture difference. It’s not a form of bigotry as the article suggests. It’s a language barrier and with a little bit of conversation and tact, it can be overcome.

Frankly, I am tired of being attributed racist acts that I have never committed or being accused of bigotry that I have never participated in simply by virtue of my race and ethnicity, neither of which I had any more control over than anyone else does. This culture where people feel victimized by the most innocuous of actions has got to stop.

Raise your children to be strong, to stand up for what is right, and to be people of character – become those things yourself. Understand that as a legal immigrant you fought for the right to come here and did so to make a better life for yourself and your family.  Live up to that legacy and reach for that dream.  Make it the source of pride that it is.

You CHOSE to be an American and in so choosing you are part of what makes this country great. Do your part to ensure that it continues to be so.


God Bless.



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