Earlier this weekend, CNN started a debate on social media after sharing the story of a White woman named “Lakeisha. ” The article traverses the life of the woman, who lived in a little town in western Ohio and experienced a lot of troubles due to her “ethnic-sounding” name. Blonde-haired and blue-eyed Lakeisha Francis is a bartender but did not know that her name was “stereotypically black. ” She claims her parents simply wanted their daughter to have a beautiful name because of the latter. As she grew older, her trouble started when people she would meet found her name did not match her physique. She claims that her name has made her life more difficult for her. Despite the article’s first intentions, but social media did not take it well. That is especially with the article ending with Lakeisha saying she has “learned to live with being black for a minute. ”

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“A name doesn’t make a non-Black person ‘Black for a minute,’ that’s a trash take,” wrote one of the Twitter users. “I don’t know what you were trying to accomplish with this when black folk faced with ethnic names faced more consequences than a white chick name Lakeisha,” said another. Clearly, the article rubbed folks the wrong way.

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