Why don't most black people change their last names (slave names)?
- reme_1Lv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
When you have grown up with any last name, it seems like a real hassle to change everything. There is a lot of paperwork involved- not doing the name change but banking, school records, job, doctors and hospitals, insurance, and all the stuff on the internet.
Been there, done that.
- yecalraeLv 64 weeks ago
Many of us do.
- Brother XLv 41 month ago
Well sir, some of us have and still will do so.
My teacher first taught us that we were wearing the name of the white man and that since we were not white and were no longer his property, we look foolish carrying it around and passing it to our children.
Once we were educated on the subject he would give us the opportunity to get a new name to signify our rebirth and our realization of who we are. Whilst we wait for our names though, we replace the slave name with an 'X'.
By Allah's grace I will receive my name soon also.
Thank you for your question.
- nineteenthlyLv 71 month ago
Because they don't know what their original names were. It would probably also lead to racism.
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- 1 month ago
What would they change it too? Also it is their father's name and grandfather's name way more recently than it was a slave owner's name.