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KEISHA AUSTIN  KYLIE AUSTIN  NAME CHANGE  OPINION

From Keisha To Kylie: Biracial Teen Changes Her Name Because Of Racism


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19-year-old Keisha Austin, from Kansas City, Missouri, will now and forever be known as Kylie Austin.  Kylie’s mother, Cristy, chose the name Keisha because it represented a strong, beautiful black woman and she wanted to instill confidence and culture in her.

“I saw it as a source of pride,” Cristy says. “I wanted her to have that.”

But a source of pride isn’t what “Kylie” received growing up with Keisha as her name.

In an interview with The Kansas City Star, Kylie explains how growing up in a mostly white area made her resent her name because of the racist comments she would always receive.

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“It’s like they assumed that I must be a certain kind of girl,” she says. “Like, my name is Keisha so they think they know something about me, and it always felt negative.”

Even a teacher once asked if there was a dollar sign in her name, like the singer Ke$ha. If she couldn’t even get through a class without a teacher taking a cheap shot at her name, what would happen in a job interview?

The more she shared these stories with her mom, the more it became apparent that Keisha was serious about changing her name — not different from the way some Jewish people change their last names to avoid anti-Semitism and Asians sometimes take traditionally American names in addition to their given names.

Not everyone was in agreement with Keisha changing her name. A friend suggested that she could keep her name, and show people she’s not a stereotype. Even Keisha’s mother felt saddened by the name change.

“It felt like a gift I gave to her, and she was returning it,” Cristy says. “Keisha was the only name I ever thought of, and when I talked to her in my belly, I talked to Keisha. But she’s still the same person, regardless of her name. But her happiness is what is most important to me. I love and support her, and whatever she has to do to feel good on the inside, I have to be OK with that.”

As of a week ago, and $175 later, Keisha is now Kylie Austin.

Kylie, though?

One has to wonder if the name change was more of a self-esteem issue, rather than being teased about a name. There have been many times when I hated my name growing up as a kid, but that was because people wouldn’t pronounce it correctly. And then there was thatsong “Iesha”, by Another Bad Creation. I still can’t introduce myself to anyone without them mentioning that song. But did it ever dawn on me to change my name? Never. My parents gave me the name for a reason.

I hope in changing her name to Kylie, Keisha realizes that the ability to purchase a new name is easy, but self-esteem and pride can’t be bought, but that’s just my opinion.

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They'll take jabs at the new name, too. She's going to have to learn that it isn't the name, they are making fun of. It's HER. She let them do this to her by not speaking up and telling these ignorant fools that se doesn't appreciate their jokes and side comments and she wants it to STOP.
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She wants to be white.
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Originally posted by TokyoRose TokyoRose wrote:

They'll take jabs at the new name, too. She's going to have to learn that it isn't the name, they are making fun of. It's HER. She let them do this to her by not speaking up and telling these ignorant fools that se doesn't appreciate their jokes and side comments and she wants it to STOP.
so it's her fault?
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A name change won't change who she is...
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now if she could only get to stop thinking Brotha Man
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I never liked the name Keisha
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I guess I want to know why this is newsworthy? If she did this for personal reasons, why make it public knowledge?
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Originally posted by afrokock afrokock wrote:

Originally posted by TokyoRose TokyoRose wrote:

They'll take jabs at the new name, too. She's going to have to learn that it isn't the name, they are making fun of. It's HER. She let them do this to her by not speaking up and telling these ignorant fools that se doesn't appreciate their jokes and side comments and she wants it to STOP.
so it's her fault?


Is that what I said?

*Re-reads*

Nope.  That's no what I said at all.

But you will bet your sweet ass no number of smarty-aleck side comments will get me to change my name because people think their stupidity is cute.
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