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In the essay “What’s In a Name,” Henry Louis Gates Jr. reflects on how his father stood up as an example to him in a confusing situation to a 5 year old child at the time. Growing up Henry Louis Gate Jr. had everything, from money to all material things he wanted. His family was wealthy and they could afford everything and also they lived in the upscale community known for rich people. Now that he has grown he looks back to one event that he never understood as a child but now gets the meaning of it all. I can slightly connect to this essay although not directly as it is. Henry Louis gates Jr. says, “I had forgotten the incident completely, until I read Trey Ellis’s essay “Remember My Name” in a recent issue of Village Voice (June 13, 1989). But there, in the middle of an extended italicized list of the bynames of “ the race” (“the race” or “our people” being the terms my parents used in police or reverential discourse, “jigaboo” or “nigger” more commonly used in anger, jest, or pure disgust), it was: “ George.” Now the events of that very brief exchange return to mind so vividly that I wonder why I had forgotten it. (1). Just as I always forget that my name is hard to pronounce to some people until I get into a new semester with a new teacher, they usually say it very wrong but I do not take it person because I know it that they cannot say it right unless they say it after me. Ever since I moved to America I didn’t know it would be as hard for people to say my last name as it is for me to say most people’s names on my first attempt. But now I am used to it and I always ask the other person to say their names again if I happen to miss it the first time. However, I have never had a problem while I was still in my country (Uganda), since names somewhat sound the same and most last names are very common among students, families and friends. In the essay Henry Louis...
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