Latest microaggression: Mispronouncing people’s names

Latest microaggression: Mispronouncing people’s names
You say micro, I say macro. (Image via Legal Insurrection)

[Ed. – The beauty of this one is that everyone can be microaggressed.  If you’d ever heard a Japanese person try to pronounce my name, you would consider the case rested.  Of course, Spanish speakers don’t get it right either.  And don’t even get me started on native Arabic speakers.  Plus, bonus! — people with posh British accents get it wrong too.  The final “r” is hard in both my given name and my surname.  Because that’s how we say it in America, and it’s imperialism to claim any other authority.  These people all owe me big time.  Cash, check, or credit card.]

The thought of having to change the way I speak because we are raising a bunch of politically correct wussies makes me want to run to my safe space, Skype with best guy friend so I can call him a turd.

But as Phil’s explains in his latest article at Eagle Rising, this wussification of America has gotten much worse:

Now, mispronouncing a student’s name – even if it’s particularly difficult – is considered a microaggression.

I’m talking about people from other countries who speak other languages and come from different cultures who have names that are difficult for us English-speaking people to pronounce. …

[N]ow, teachers mispronouncing their students’ names – even if they’re difficult – is a “microaggression.” And there’s a national movement to make sure teachers across the country aren’t guilty of this microaggression. CNS News reported:

According to ‘My Name, My Identity: A Declaration of Self,’ a national campaign launched in 2015 by the Santa Clara County, Calif. Office of Education (SCCOE) and the National Association for Bilingual Education, a teacher who mispronounces a student’s name can cause that student “anxiety and resentment”.

“Mispronouncing a student’s name truly negates his or her identity, which, in turn, can hinder academic progress,” according to Yee Wan, SCCOE’s director of multilingual education services. …

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