*The Shaniqua’s, Shanene’s, LaQuan’s, Monifa’s, LaTiquia’s and others with flavorful, unique, undeniably African American names may be intensely reading this article to see the outcome of the question: “Can I change my ghetto name?”
A woman who begged the courageous question is named “Laquita” and The Root’s Jenee’ Desmond-Harris addressed it as a question of her African American culture.
The question is definitely rhetorical because, of course, everyone knows they have the ability to legally change their name once they’re an adult. The real inquiry appears to be one of acceptance.
It almost seems as though the woman is asking the black community for permission to change her name because she may feel she’s turning her back on her culture.