This post has moved! It it is now hosted at The Ghetto Activist (with a great intro!) and at the Age of Awareness on Medium.


  1. I loved every word of this. Thank you for sharing your thoughts/experiences! Conversations like these are so important to have, especially in white spaces. I’m hella black, but my government name is Italian (Antonio) so I too get a pass on the resume bias (at least until my black ass pulls up to the in-person interview hahaha). There are times I do think about changing my middle name to something that reconnects me to my African roots… I would be open to changing both my first name and my middle name but I think the paperwork would drive me absolutely crazy hahaha.


    1. Thank you! It honestly took me a few weeks to muster up the courage to finish and post this. Walking the line between acknowledging what we understand as “ethnic” socially versus sticking to its given meaning *without* whitesplaining.

      It’s funny… I don’t pass the resume test as often, only when I show up do people breathe that sigh of relief. It’s really interesting how much people assume about others without ever setting eyes on them. Names are important.

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  2. This is good advice for my friends, so I’ll share this post and you will likely get some new subscribers. It’s better than anything else out there discussing this topic. TY for the fresh info!

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