Edited by Azizi Powell
This pancocojams post documents selected tweets from the trending "#MyNameIs" hashtag (October 17, 2020).
As background to those tweets, this post also provides an excerpt from a news article about Republican Senator David Perdue (Georgia) mocking Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris' name.
The content of this post is presented for onomastic and political purposes.
All copyrights remain with their owners.
Thanks to the creators of this hashtag.and thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.
In the post that I originally published, I wrote that lawyer and author Meena Harris, Kamala Harris' niece, was the creator of this twitter hashtag. That was incorrect. According to this article,https://news.yahoo.com/mynameis-kamala-harris-david-perdue-211227895.html , that viral hashtag was created by the Biden/Harris campaign's Asian-American group.
I sincerely apologize for this error.
From https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/clarissajanlim/david-perdue-kamala-harris-name-mynameis-hashtag "People Of Color Are Sharing The Meaning Behind Their Names After A GOP Senator Mocked Kamala Harris's Name"
"Learn how to say peoples' names correctly. It's part of their identity and doing so is a basic form of respect."
byClarissa-Jan Lim, October 17, 2020
"Georgia senator David Perdue is facing backlash for mockingly mispronouncing Sen. Kamala Harris's name at a Trump campaign rally on Friday, with many calling his remarks racist.
That moment from his speech instantly went viral, and it was widely criticized on social media.
Perdue's communications director, John Burke, tweeted that the senator "simply mispronounced" Harris's name "and he didn't mean anything by it."
But many expressed doubt that Perdue would mispronounce the name of a colleague who sits on the Senate Budget Committee with him, and has served alongside the Republican lawmaker in the US Senate for years.
Imagine if your coworker of nearly 4 years did this to you
My opponent, GOP Sen. David Perdue of anti-Semitic attack ad infamy, just mocked Sen. Harris' name as "Kamala-mala-mala-whatever" at a Trump rally.
We are so much better than this.
This article includes a video clip of Perdue mocking Kamala Harris' name. Here's a link to a YouTube video of that incident: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDi7WoY39MA&ab_channel=TODAY
Senator Perdue's campaign spokesperson said that his mispronouncing Kamala Harris name "didn't mean anything". https://apnews.com/article/election-2020-donald-trump-georgia-david-perdue-michael-pence-612681da47bbd9a773a48bcc95b97527
From https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/10/17/1987277/-David-Perdue-knows-exactly-how-to-say-Kamala-Harris-name-and-we-all-know-it "There's a reason Republicans are pretending they don’t know how to say Kamala Harris’ name"
by Jessica Sutherland, October 17, 2020
"Comma-la.” That is how you say Sen. Kamala Harris’ name. She says it correctly every time she introduces herself. The media gets it right, mostly. Yet because she’s Black, because she’s Indian, because she’s a woman, and because she’s a Democrat about to be vice president, Republicans are making a point to mispronounce her name, all in the hopes of knocking her down a few pegs through the petty act of othering."...
SELECTED TWEETS FROM https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MyNameIs
This compilation of tweets from that hashtag were posted by People Of Color who share the origin and meaning of their names which aren't commonly found in the United States.
Some of these tweets are from elected officials or people who are running for office. A number of those tweets also include political statements in support of Kamala Harris and Joe Biden and against David Perdue and Donald Trump.
Although they aren't included in this compilation, this hashtag also includes a few tweets from People of Color and from White people who shared the meanings of names that are commonly found in the United States. Also not included in this compilation are a few tweets from White people with names that are uncommon in the United States.
Numbers are added to this compilation for referencing purposes only.
1. Meena Harris
#MyNameIs Meenakshi. I'm named after the Hindu goddess, as
well as my great great grandmother. I come from a long line of strong women who
taught me to be proud of my heritage and to demand respect—especially from
racist white men like @sendavidperdue who are threatened by us."
2. Preet Bharara
#MyNameIs Preet, which means love.
3. Michelle Kwan
#MyNameIs Michelle Wing Kwan & in Chinese pinyin it's pronounced Guan Ying Shan. It means beautiful, strong and smart. What's not beautiful, strong or smart is mocking ppl for their 'foreign sounding' names. Join me in voting for
4. Ilhan Omar
US House candidate, MN-5
#MyNameIs Ilham, I prefer Ilhan. I never liked the M sound. It means “Inspiration” in Arabic. My father named me Ilham and inspired me to lead a life of service to others.
In his honor I am voting for an inspirational ticket over desperate and maddening one.
US House candidate, CA-17
#MyNameIs Rohit, and my friends call me Ro. It means bright light in Sanskrit. This election, #IWillVote for an inclusive America by voting for @joebiden & @kamalaharris
6. Ted Lieu
US House candidate, CA-33
#MyNameIs Ted W. Lieu. The “W” is short for “Win-Ping” which in Mandarin means Cloud of Peace.
Also, make sure you vote. And if you are voting by mail, don’t forget the stupid secrecy envelope if your state requires it.
US House candidate, MA-7
#MyNameIs Ayanna Soyini Pressley. My mother, may she rest in
power, gave me this name which means beautiful flower in Swahili. She told me
I’d make history and the world would learn how to say it right.
8. Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta
#MyNameIs Malcolm Kenyatta. My father named me to honor the legacy of two giants in the black diaspora: Malcolm X and Jomo Kenyatta. @sendavidperdue might not care, but my name reminds me everyday the systems of discrimination we must uproot...
9. Symone D. Sanders
#MyNameIs Symone, which means “to be heard” and since 1989
I’ve been speaking truth to power. I truly believe my vote is my voice <—
not a joke! That’s why I am fired up and #IWillVote for Joe Biden and Kamala
Harris. We can do this y’all! Now is the time to be heard!! [Raised fist emoji]
10. Be A King
#MyNameIs Bernice, which means “bringer of victory.”
#MyNameIs Majid M. Padellan. Majid means "glorious" in Arabic. It is a Muslim name that I didn't really appreciate as a kid, because people couldn't pronounce it and teased me about it.
On November 3rd, we'll vote out the nasty, moronic racists
and enjoy a GLORIOUS win.
12. Gautam Raghavan
My great grandmother’s name was Kamala. Not “Kamala-mala-mala, I don’t know, whatever.”
#MyNameIs Gautam. It means bright light. The kind of bright light a Biden-Harris Administration will represent. And that is why #IWillVote.
Join me & make a plan at http://IWillVote.com.
13. Jeff Yang
#MyNameIs Jeff, the closest my parents could get to my Chinese name, 致和—pronounced “Chih-Ho.” Kids who learned my Chinese name called me Cheeto anyway.
think they can get away with playground racism at @KamalaHarris
14. Zara Ahmed, DrPH
#MyNameIs Zara. My parents spent a lot of time and energy picking out a name that would be easily pronounceable for non-Indian people. But they shouldn’t have had to do that. It shouldn’t be on POC to shave off pieces of our culture to make life easier for white people.
15. Bee Nguyen Honeybee
#MyNameIs Nguyen. I pronounce it “WIN.” Nguyen stems from the Chinese word “ruan” — a string instrument that is plucked. According to the 2010 Census, it’s the 37th most common surname in the U.S. It’s even on a coke bottle!
on a bottle?
16. Shekar Narasimhan
#MyNameIs Shekar Narasimhan which means a Hindu god who represents a half man-half lion. Exhibits courage and humanity. My son’s name was Sidarth to symbolize Gautama Buddha, the enlightened One. We are proud Americans and can pronounce others names correctly.
My son S.R. Sidarth was called a name on August 11, 2006 by a sitting Senator named George Allen. That did not end well for him and this will not end well for this Senator named David Perdue. Please support @JonOssoff so he can retire him.
@JoeBiden @KamalaHarris @RohiniKos twitter.com/ossoff/status/…
17. Qasim Rashid for Congress
US House candidate, VA-1
#MyNameIs Qasim. It rhymes w/Awesome.
Qasim means 'one who distributes' & 'generous' & 'handsome' in Arabic.
I'm an immigrant to America & the Democratic nominee for US Congress. And when we win in 17 days, I'll be the first Pakistani American in US history elected to Congress.
18. Shaun Jayachandran
#MyNameIs Shaun Deepak Jayachandran. My first name means God
is Gracious, middle name means lamp, and my last name means Victory Moon. Our
names matter. They have meaning and beauty. So, when a Republican Senator mocks
and mispronounces the name of Kamala Harris – 1/2
I can't find the 2nd part of this tweet, but I can imagine what it would say.
19. Chung Seto
#MyNameIs Chung - 仲菁. My paternal grandma named me. Along with my given name it means “the best.” Our names matter. So, when a Republican Senator mocks & mispronounces the name of
– his colleague of four years – we have only one option: Vote. Them. Out. #iWillVote
20. Shasti Conrad
#Mynameis Shasti, she is the Goddess of children in ancient Hinduism. My (adoptive) mom gave it to me when I arrived from India. To leave India, I had to have an Indian name on my birth certificate so I knew where I came from. I love my name and you will say it right.
21. Deepa Sharma Scales
#MyNameIs Deepa. I was named by my Bade Papa, our paternal grandfather. It means ‘light’, and was given to me because I was born on Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights.
22. Sree Sreenivasan
#MyNameIs Sreenath Sreenivasan. Little white boys used to make fun of my name when I arrived in NYC as a kid. Now, a Republican Senator mocks the name of
. Go to http://iWillVote.com to make a plan to cast your vote for leaders who respect our values. #iWillVote
23. Subodh Chandra
#MyNameIs Subodh. Means good knowledge. My parents named me that, valuing education. So I worked hard. Our names—w/ meaning & beauty—matter.
@KamalaHarris' name; we must vote 'em out. #IWillVote for leaders who
respect our values & names: http://iWillVote.com
24. Curtis Chin
#MyNameIs Curtis. When my mom was growing up in Hong Kong,
her favorite film was the American comedy Some Like It Hot starring actor Tony
Curtis. Basically she named me after the worst drag performance ever. Mocking
drag queens is wrong. So is mocking Kamala’s name. #iwillvote
25. Pin Young
#MyNameIs Pin. 賓 means "honored guest." My aunt came up with the name because we are merely guests of this world.
My name is not Ping Pong, as a racist tRumper called me the
other day. The @GOP finds racist behavior
like this acceptable. Vote Blue to stop racism.
26. Dr Sushmi Chakraborty, MD
#MyNameIs Sushmi. It means beautiful smile. My last name
(though phonetic) is a struggle for many of my patients. But I come from a
lineage that I'm damn proud of so "Dr C" isn't gonna cut it.
27. Mansi Patel
#MyNameis Mansi. It means from the mind. In western thought, the mind is associated with thought and the organ associated with it is the brain, and in eastern philosophy, the organ associated with the mind is the heart.
Proud to support #Kamala, who has both."
28. CC - Flip the Senate, Reform the Court Statue of libertyMicroscopeDNA
My name in Gujarati means someone who eases worry. I come
from a line of strong kick-ass women. My grandmom was a freedom fighter and
created a women's org. And my mom left her whole life behind in India to create
a new life for me. I am so proud of my heritage.
29. Ling Luo
#MyNameIs Ling, in Chinese, means beautiful sound of jade! My parents cherished me of a valuable and sound life. I extended to be a singer received numerous awards when young, now a big voice advocating AAPI community in democratic political involvement! #IWillVote. #VoteDemocrat
30. Maulik Pancholy
#MyNameIs Maulik. In Sanskrit it means "Original." In Hindi, "Precious." My grandfather said it's the "origin of thought" - the unknown place from which ideas spring forth.
I won't stand for the mocking of
@KamalaHarris' name. #IWillVote http://IWillVote.com #BidenHarris2020
31. Bo Ren
#MyNameIs Bo. The Chinese character铂
means white gold SparklesMy dad named me after a semiprecious semiconductor on
his circuit board. In Kindergarten I refused to pick an Anglo name after we
immigrated to Michigan bc I was proud of my heritage and I loved Bo Jackson.
#MyNameIs Lopa, a shorter form of the name Lopamudra who was
a wise, female philosopher in ancient Vedic Indian literature who contributed
to the hymns of the Vedas. The strength I find in my name is something a racist
like @sendavidperdue will never
33. Nikita Srivastava
#MyNameIs Nikita. It means warmth, kindness and unconquerable. My parents immigrated from India to make sure their future family could have every opportunity to grow. I can’t wait to vote for ally,
@JoeBiden, and our first South-Asian and Black woman VP, @KamalaHarris
34. Madalene Mielke
#MyNameIs Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke & my middle name
means “beautiful spring” in Vietnamese. My last name is German & is equally
challenging to pronounce. Learning to say people’s names correctly is a sign of
35. Chung Seto
#MyNameIs Chung - 仲菁. My paternal grandma named me.
Along with my given name it means “the best.” Our names matter. So, when a
Republican Senator mocks & mispronounces the name of @KamalaHarris – his
colleague of four years – we have only one option: Vote. Them. Out. #iWillVote
#MyNameIs Anjana. Sometimes I go by AJ cuz I’m afraid that
if the powerful White man can’t pronounce my name, I won’t be considered
important. But Un-juh-na is the name of the bold & brave Goddess mother of
Lord Hanuman, so I work on being the bold Anjana that deserves to be seen
37. Danya Rafiqi
#MyNameIs Danya Rafiqi. That’s Dawn-yuh as in a tree branch abundant with blessed fruit in Heaven as described in the Quran, and Ruh-Fee-Key, no not like Lion King, like my Grandfather who wanted his children and grandchildren to chase their dreams and never look back.
#MyNameIs Shehn, which means falcon. I was named for Guru Gobind Singh’s pet falcon, and the honor, courage, and strength he embodied in the face of adversity. My community and I are stronger and more courageous than the racism thrown at us and we use our voice to vote you out.
#MyNameIs Anjali - It means "divine offering" in Sanskrit. Also cupping of hands in greeting across the subcontinent. These are American names now. #OurNamesMatter. Our families matter. Join me in voting for Biden/Harris ticket that reflects America. Go to http://IWillVote.com
40. Mallika Chopra
#MyNameIs Mallika. It means Queen of Flowers. In Sanskrit,
jasmine. In Urdu, queen. Some of my Muslim, African & African American
brothers & sisters share names
Malik, Maliq, Maleeka. I, Mallika, voted today. Join me & visit
http://IWillVote.org to make your plan. #IWillVote
41. Paurvi Bhatt
#MyNameIs Paurvi (it’s pronounced “pour-vee” or “poh-ravi”.
Not poorvee or Polly). My nickname is
“Dipti” Together- my names mean Light
from the East. My parents waited for the stars to signal the best names for a
powerful woman. #KamalaHarris VOTE.
42. Krishna Upadhya MD, MPH
#MyNameIs Krishna and I go by Krishna, not Kris or Christina
and not “Hairy Krishna” though I have been called all of those. My parents
named me after my dad’s beloved younger sister who is an accomplished professor
of geography, mother and grandmother [emoji of the Flag of Nepal] #KamalaHarris #VOTE
43. Roshan Mody
#MyNameIs Roshan. It is a Parsi name that means light where there is darkness. My grandmother chose that name for the first family member to be born in America. That name rendered me the subject of racism and bigotry my entire life. And I could not be more proud to have it.
44. Aishwarya Arjunan, MS, MPH, CGC,CPH (she/her/hers)
#MyNameIs Aishwarya and it means wealth and prosperity. It's also an avatar of the Goddess Lakshmi. It's ridiculous & callous to see someone that calls themselves a leader & a representative of the people to be so tasteless & rude. Vote THEM out!
45. Eaman Fahmy
#MyNameIs Eaman. Ee/maan. It’s Arabic for faith. When I was young I longed for a “regular” name, wishing I could find my name on mugs & keychains. Now I love it b/c my faith is central to who I am and what I hold dear. It is the driving force behind my activism & community work.
#MyNameIs Viễndi, and it's Vietnamese in origin. My mom
wanted a name both Vietnamese & English. Means something like "far
from home." 99% of people I know don't pronounce it right, but schools and
friends had been saying it like ven-dee for so long I couldn't correct them.
47. Seema Nanda
#MyNameIs Seema, which means "limit." It's ok (but hard) to mispronounce my name,
but mocking an Indian name in 2020 is just as wrong as it was in 2006 (remember
when George Allen called a Sen. Webb staffer macaca and welcomed him to
America?). Vote. Them. Out. #IWillVote.com
48. Dr. Raj Panjabi
#MyNameIs Rajesh (pronounced “Raa-jay-sh”) and
it means “ruler of kings.” Maybe it’s ironic, but I’m proud to be an American
because our freedom, our nation, our democracy, was born from fighting against
the rule of kings
49. Dr. Raj Panjabi
...and #MyNameIs Panjabi, or people of the Punjab: the land of five rivers.
Punjab was the cradle of the ancient Indus Valley
Civilization — the people who brought us the system of numbers, like the ones
we will use to count votes in this election.
50. Vanita Gupta
#MyNameIs Vanita, which means beloved woman.
51. Tala Ashe
#MyNameIs Talayeh. It means “pioneer” in Persian & comes from the Shahnameh. I have felt my share of Othering & racism by people like
. I will be voting for
because I know we are
a nation of immigrants & I am proud to be one.
52. Abdul El-Sayed, MD, DPhil
#MyNameIs Abdulrahman. It means “devotee of The Most Merciful.” It reminds me how important mercy is in this world.
For a long time, I thought it meant I couldn’t run for office.
Then I did. Because my name is as American as apple
53. Nabilah Islam
#Mynameis Nabilah and it means noble in Arabic. Bullies like @sendavidperdue
are not new, they butcher our names to makes us feel small & to make us feel like an other.
Nabilah is an American name and so is Kamala’s.
54. Daniel Dae Kim
#MyNameIs Daniel Dae Hyun Kim, or in Korean, 김대현. It means “great and powerful one.” My name is not “Macaca” or “Kung Flu.”
, her name is not “Kamala Mala Mala I Don’t Know Whatever.” #Respect. One more reason to vote for
55. Ayodele (You’re Still On Mute) Okeowo
#mynameis Ayodele. my dad's name is Ayodele. my granddad's name was Ayodele. Ayodele means 'joy has come home' in Yoruba. let's allow joy to come home in 17 days & restart the work of building an America for the many.
57. Asian Americans for Biden
We can all relate to this kind of backhanded racism—which is still racism and wrong. KAMALA means Lotus Flower in Sanskrit. Our names have meanings. We matter. Joe and Kamala care. #mynameis #iwillvote http://Iwiillvote.com
#MyNameIs Emiko. I’m named after my Aunt and it means Smiling Child. I started going my “Miko” in college because I was tired of hearing it mispronounced. I’m proud of my heritage. I’m excited to vote for
because they respect diversity.
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