Toluwalope is fed up with people mispronouncing her name. Agboke
She let her fellow high school graduates, her teachers and administrators know in the best way possible. A snapshot of Toluwalope's yearbook photo circulated on Reddit this week:
"Just give me my diploma and pronounce my name correctly."
is a Nigerian name — and its meaning is very spiritual. Toluwalope
So it's no wonder why an African student might take offense to people being lazy about learning how to say Toluwalope.
Mispronouncing racial minority names is just one of many microaggressions against people of color — and people of African descent are particularly tired of it.
When "foreign" or "ghetto" names are mispronounced out of ignorance or spite, it reinforces white supremacist notions that "white Anglo Saxon
But many Africans, like Toluwalope, are striking back. Led by comedian Loyiso Gola, black South Africans in January declared 2016 as "#TheYearWeMispronounceBack." It inspired several hilarious conversations on Twitter.
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