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30 1 NAMES AND -NYMS by Don L. F. Nilsen and Alleen Pace Nilsen
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30 2 Calling Someone Out of Their Name: Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s Father Henry Louis Gates Jr. became famous as the author of The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism (1988). He was included in Time Magazine ’s “25 Most Influential Americans.” Gates tells about Mr. Wilson and his father:
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30 3 His father always spoke to Mr. Wilson, and Mr. Wilson always spoke back: “‘Hello, Mr. Wilson,’ I heard my father say. ‘Hello, George.’ I stopped licking my ice cream cone, and asked my Dad in a loud voice why Mr. Wilson had called him ‘George.’ ‘Doesn’t he know your name, Daddy? Why don’t you tell him your name? Your name isn’t George.’”
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30 4 ‘Tell him your name, Daddy.’ ‘He knows my name, boy,’ my father said after a long pause. ‘He calls all colored people George.’ There would be a painful moment of silence, and you would wait for it to give way for a discussion of a black superstar such as Sugar Ray or Jackie Robinson. ‘Nobody hits better in a clutch than Jackie Robinson.’ ‘That’s right. Nobody.’ I never again looked Mr. Wilson in the eye.” (Gates [2009]: 56-58)
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30 5 Tom Ross a.k.a. Tikvah Rosenberg In 1938, the Rosenbergs left Nazi Germany when Tom was six. In an attempt to downplay their Jewish heritage, the Rosenbergs changed their surname to Ross when they arrived in the United States. In order to regain his cultural heritage, Tom legally changed his surname back to Rosenberg.
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30 6 But telling his children was difficult: “The initiatives attacking social services for immigrants, bilingual education, Affirmative Action—made me want to shout ‘I’m an immigrant!’ My children were silent for a moment before they smiled, leaned over, and hugged me.” When his rabbi heard of his decision, he asked Tom if he had thought about taking a Hebrew first name?
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30 7 About his decision, he tells his children, “Every time I step into a temple, I’m reminded that Judaism has survived for 4,000 years.” “It has survived because it is a positive religion. My parents, your grandparents, changed their name out of fear. I’m changing it back out of pride.” “I chose the name Tikvah because it means hope.” (Rosenberg [2009]: 61-63)
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8 CHARACTERS FROM LITERATURE, ETC. David Copperfield is a character in a Charles Dickens novel. The other David Copperfield is a magician. Englebert Humperdink is the German Composer of the opera “Hansel and Gretel.” The other Englebert Humperdink is a rock musician. Tom Jones is a character in a Henry Fielding novel. The other Tom Jones is a rock musician.
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