“My name wasn’t given to me. It was given to the rest of the country.”
Patrick. Elizabeth. George. Is a name just a name? Not for these three poets of color. Pages Matam, Elizabeth Acevedo, and G. Yamazawa helped their team win the 2014 National Poetry Slam with this mind-blowing performance of “Unforgettable,” and you’ll know why as soon as you press “play.”
You’ll also never see a name as just a name after their reflections on colonization, racism, and assimilation. We’re so glad they have such incredible talent to share these reflections with the world.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- How White People Subtly Reinforce White Supremacy When They Laugh at Black Names
- The Adorable Story of How One Child’s Name Helped Latinx Students Resist Assimilation