Over the weekend, CNN got chewed out for an article about a white woman named LaKeisha Francis. I honestly don’t know too many white women named “LaKeisha.”
What it's like to be a white woman named LaKiesha @CNN https://t.co/jJ3lM3RZrJ It can be strange but illuminating to go through life as a white person with what's called a "black-sounding' name. Here's LaKiesha's story
— John K. Blake (@JohnBlakeCNN) June 15, 2019
Lakeisha Francis has blonde hair and blue eyes and well her parents liked the name.
Read it twice just to make sure I didn't miss anything the first time. And sure enough it was worse the second time around. A name doesn't make a non-Black person "Black for a minute," that's a trash take. S/n: Jamal while a somewhat common name in the Black community is Arabic. pic.twitter.com/O6HXYeM66M
— IAmDamion🎤 (@themorganrpt) June 16, 2019
As Lakeisha the blonde hair blue eye white woman was making her way through life, she realized her ethnic sounding name was making life difficult for her.
This article is a true mess. Speaking of black names as if it was nonsense we conjured in our heads to be deliberately foolish. The Key & Peele example was ridiculous extremely tone deaf to the actual history and cultural context behind our names. The lack of research is glaring.
— 🧝🏾♀️krys🧝🏾♀️ (@flavrdholywater) June 17, 2019
Lakeisha said she, “learned to live with being black for a minute.”
I don’t know what you were trying to accomplish with this when black folk faced with ethnic names faced more consequences than a white chick name lakiesha. I’m sure with her complexion she still got the American protection!
— H Boog (@HankDon_1) June 16, 2019