Umm are you sure. So, NO african-americans were inventing names for their kids before the 80s???? Are u sure about that buddy?
1.) A lot of you guys are making a.ssumptions as if ALL or MOST blacks name their children this way. I'm sure there are plenty of white people who have made up names that you wouldnt second guess. 2.) Then you are making the a.ssumption as if it is just a black thing. You don't think there are white girls named Lawanda? 3.) What you all consider "ghetto" sounding is subjective. One poster said "Jamal" was a ghetto black name when that's Muslim, right? 4.) Most of you are probably inventing names yourself. Most of the names that appear here are ridiculous and as examples may not even exist. And even those that do make up a SMALL minority of african-american names. 5.) What about names you don't recognize you automatically label "ghetto" but already exist in other cultures? Tasanee, Taraji? 6.) Then you a.ssume since it sounds ghetto it has no meaning. What about names like Ja'Cai that put American flavor to a "foreign" name. Cai is of Chinese origin. Or Tyronica (Ty + Veronica). 7.) Then you stereotype people with those types of names of being of lower class. Take a look at government and even this nation's athletes and you'll find plenty of "ghetto" names. 8.) Then youre sending an overall message that anything coming from african-americans is inherently inferior.
many of u just perpetuate the stereotype by acknowledging that it "exists". If anything it has to do with class. And dont forget that Blacks in this country have long had a tradition of linguistic and musical invention *cough*jazz *sneeze*rap and so on...
Yeah, and people who create names for their children shouldn't be characterized as some ethnic group, as you did for the black who create these ridiculous names, especially if this "grouping" is predicated only on their creating a name, rather than a coherent system/convention.
I'm surprised that you'd attempt to theorize an ethnic origin for crap such as "Loquisha" -- A word whose etymon is probably Loquacious, from which "Loquisha" was developed, because some hoodrat heard her teacher utter it in class.
You're correct, poorer people, not just Africans have a knack for linguistic deviation, that's usually based on illiteracy, its nothing to be proud of or support, at all. Its not "cool".
These same terrible speech patterns is what keeps a race of people intellectually oppressed, they never develop proper speech/means to express themselves.
Take the country hicks, I didn't know this at first, but the word "Critter" is derived from "Creature", that gained prevalence because obviously, the parents who were using it were ignorant, and the children adopted it.