The Name Project seeks to understand how our names shape our character and the role it plays in our identity.
Some reflect our cultural backgrounds.
Others are indicative of our parents’ values, interest and ideologies.
In this week’s Name Project interview, Keneishia White who was born to an African American mother and a German father has what some would call an “80’s name.” Here Keneishia talks about the nuances of naming in America and the prejudices society forms against those who are given certain names. Her experiences with a “ghetto” name while not uncommon, speaks to the larger issue of structural racism in America, but also the social issues of perception, acceptance and judgement in the Black community.
We all have a name, that subsequently has a story. Here is Keneishia’s name story.
Directed and shot by Antoinette Brock. Post production/editing by http://fromforeign.co