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Finally, if you think my name is "absurb" and I have turned out fairly well, although admittedly, I didn't always make the best decisions, I've lived in poverty, and I have not always been a seasoned professional, then I think it proves that we should not be so judgemental and throw people away. I mean, Condoleeza Rice proabably sounds like a "ghetto, black name" to many people, but even with a name like hers, she still served as the US Secretary of State for the Bush Administration. To tell someone "you'll never make it to that level because of your name, Ausha or Ishmachelle"... Come on?
I am not saying some names are not out there! I actually agree that some of these names are a turn off to employers right away. We actually talk about this in our parenting classes through S2T. What I DO disagree with is your comment about getting the word out to the "black community" about these names, as if they are limited to only the black community. I heard a white woman called a name that is often labeled a "black woman's" name yesterday while at the Hilton, and if you received her resume' I'm sure you would have just tossed it to the side, assuming she was a ghetto black woman. These are the types of stereotypes I'm trying to break. Your opinion is valid, but can we not make this a black/white issue. If truth be told, in many parts of the country the poverty rate is higher among whites; but because blacks are the minority, the concentration is higher among this group. And furthermore, to call someone using their name as an example, whether it's mine or anyone else's, black, white, red or blue, is inappropriate especially when you don't know the historical or sentimental meaning of a name.
To all my S2T families and friends who may have read these posts, do not worry about what people have to say about you. If you don't do anything with your life, they'll call you lazy and useless. If you try to do something with your life, they'll say "you think you're high and mighty" (like someone just told me). You may have made mistakes in your past, but DO NOT apologize for trying to do something better with your life! Just don't forget where you came from either... People will judge you either way, so let your test be your testimony... Let your haters be your motivators... And just keep on succeeding!
Lostone is a good name for you b/c you ARE lost! Once again, someone with a fictious name who doesn't know what they're talking about! You are right... I did get pregnant at 14 and I do know what they are going through. I will not nor have I EVER been ashamed to tell my testimony! My families know it... And I tell it where I go so people like YOU don't think you have the power to hold my past over my head! But for your information, I haven't had food stamps in over 3 years... I've been in my HOUSE for over 2 years... NO rental assistance sweetheard! Call DFACS and Section 8! I do NOT get childcare or free/reduced lunch... So no I am NOT in poverty and I am 100% self sufficient sweetheart! But so since you are all up in my business and know so much about me, why don't you PROVE what you think you know! I will never apologize for people with a crab-in-the-bucket mentality... always trying to pull somebody down when they see somebody trying to get ahead! If sharing my testimony and giving somebody else a hand up out of poverty makes me so "high and mighty" then oh well! That's your perception and your problem to deal with, not mine!
I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name... And you are? (That's what I thought!) This is AUSHA JACKSON and I normally don't respond to these often ridiculous and spiteful post, but since you were bold enough to call me out by name, I thought I'd respond to your comment... First of all, my name, Ausha, comes from the historical Indo-Aryan language, Sanskirt, and means "hope" or "life". Therefore, I am VERY proud of the name my parents gave me! Furthermore, I have met many Ausha's over the years of various ethnicities - Black, White, Asian, etc. -- so how dare you try to attack me (or anyone else for that matter), Mr. "BILLYBOB"? Second, I am the Director of a program for the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. I am well qualified, holding a Master's degree in Management and working on a doctoral degree. Nobody GAVE me anything... I worked my butt off to get where I am! I am a small business owner and a parent of a child I conceived in high school, which caused me to LIVE IN and OVERCOME poverty myself. I am not on any welfare, my son is not on free or reduced lunch, and I am 100% self sufficient. So if that doesn't make me successful, then maybe you need to go back and reevaluate your definition! And for those of you who are so quick to say people in poverty are lazy and will never be anything, I'm just so glad I can look in the mirror and prove you wrong! You all are just as much of the problem as the people commiting the crimes in this community! A good story can't even be published without you putting your crap on here for potential industry leaders and business owners to read. An organization is trying to do something positive and there you go... Always something negative to say! Stop being cowards and hiding behind these masks of anonymity and become a part of the solution instead of the problem!
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