Halimatou Barry. Thats my name. I am from Guinea, Conakry and I am Muslim. When people see my name or any name that they find unfamiliar, they don’t try to pronounce it right. They ask, “Can I call you this for short?” or “How about I call you this instead?” When I was younger, I accepted that and I would even just introduce myself and then say “hey you can just call me hali for short,” to make it easy for them. Now that I’m older, I can’t believe I allowed that. Now, I don’t accept that and I make sure that my name is said right. I think that it is disrespectful to NOT learn my name. It’s important and I’m sure if they were to be called wrong, it’d be an issue. I am very glad that I am finally demanding the respect I deserve. The Mohamed video was very powerful and I felt like I could especially relate so that was nice.
It’s been a difficult year for us, for the groups we belong to, so let’s write about it!
I’m Jackie Blain, and you can find me on our Slack workspace or via email DBlain@citytech.cuny.edu.