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Yewande Biala’s ‘outrage’ over the mispronunciation of her name is just proof of her attention-seeking, not other people’s racism

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These days, reality television celebrities earn extra kudos when they perform outrage. And Yewande Biala is certainly outraged. ‘Mispronouncing or changing people’s names is just another form of racism,’ she asserts. She declares ‘my name is important – and pronouncing it correctly is key to my identity.’

The practice of claiming offence and feeling traumatised by having your name mispronounced is integral to the project of expanding the sources of racial hurt. One educator has cobbled together a ‘Guide for Understanding a Microaggression for White Teachers’ to get them to understand that ‘mispronouncing your non-white students’ names is a racist act’.

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Predictably, in the US there is a national campaign by the National Association for Bilingual Education that insists that teachers who mispronounce a student’s name are causing an offense to their pupil’s identity. Apparently, this can lead to a negative emotional state that can lead to poor academic outcomes[iv].

Professor Rita Kohli of the University of California, Riverside, has ‘researched’ the apparently devastating consequence of mispronouncing people’s names on ‘students of color’ And not........

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