His name wasn’t Christopher Columbus!

Did you know that? The guy who “discovered”* the Americas was actually called Cristoforo Colombo! Since he was ITALIAN he had an ITALIAN name!

*(after the Arawaks/ Taìnos/ Algonquins/ other native groups and Vikings, that is)

This is an example of anglicisation, the English habit of altering foreign names or words to sound more English, or at least European. To a degree everyone does it, but English people seem to take  it to a whole new level of disrespect. Sometimes the anglicised forms don’t even resemble the original.

(On a slight tangent, this is why I refused to let anyone shorten my name in school. I’ve even had one boy directly say he didn’t like my name – see how racists operate? Can’t even gather enough brainpower to repeat what they hear)

Other examples:

Ibn Sina – Avicenna

Ibn Rushd – Averroes (the fuck?!?)

Yeshua/ Yehoshua – Jesus

Muslim – Moslem/ Mohammedan

Zarathushtra – Zoroaster

Jinn – Genie

Kurush/ Kurosh – Cyrus the great

Salahuddin (pronounced sa-laa-hud-deen) – Saladin

Mikael (pronounced mi-ka-el) – Michael (pronounced my-kerl)

David (pronounced da-veed) – David (pronounced day-vid)

Yochanan/ Yochanna – John

Azania – South Africa

Jabal-Tariq – Gibraltar

Mikołaj Kopernik – Nicholas Copernicus (did you know he was Polish?)

Piyush Jindal – Bobby (WTMFH?!?)

Leo Africanus (admittedly not English but European nonetheless) – Al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan!!!

 

People need to stop that shit, especially Africans. Simple mispronunciations are understandable, but if someone tries to shorten or rename you without your approval, don’t allow it. And don’t do it for them just to fit in or make it easier  for them either, make them learn to adapt  to you exactly as they like to make you do.

 

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