Next Time Someone Says Your Name Is Hard To Pronounce, Clap Back With One Of These Lines
We’ve all had people struggle to pronounce our names. We apologize for being too difficult and allow people to make their own pronunciations, but now poet Zachary Caballero is saying enough is enough. Enough with letting people butcher one of the few things in this world that is totally ours: our name.
So many of us have been too apologetic about having a “hard-to-pronounce” name.Write About Now / YouTube
“I guess that it had to do with the fact that all of my friends were white. No, maybe that’s unfair,” Zachary Caballero says. “Okay. No. Actually, it’s because all of my friends were white!”
And, like many, Caballero was afraid to stand out at a young age, so he just went with it.Write About Now / YouTube
“So I drowned out the voices; watched my honor stumble and be slain,” Caballero says. “Every time my name got dropped on its head I told myself, I told myself that was funny.”
He even shared the relatable story of trying to join in at the joke at your name’s expense.Write About Now / YouTube
“Yes. It is all over the Taco Cabana bathrooms,” Caballero jokes sarcastically. “No. It doesn’t mean bathroom. You can just say Cab-A-Lero instead…if it’s easier.”
But Caballero argues that by doing that, we are disrespecting those who have come before us.Write About Now / YouTube
“When he gave this name to my father to give to his son,” Caballero continued. “Pops! I apologize for all the times that I did not think twice, for all the times I refused to speak up, for all the times I did not protect what grandpa gave to you to give to me. Daddy, I am so sorry for being so selfish.”
And then, he offers up a little advice.Write About Now / YouTube
“Let it scrape across your tongue like you are paving an ancient highway to take you somewhere you’ve never been,” Caballero tells the crowd.
Watch Caballero’s full poem below!
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