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Sep 11, 2022Liked by Jesus Rodriguez

Personally, I finally decided to embrace the accent mark in my middle name - it was incredibly empowering in spite of my younger self who would frequently face mispronunciations of my last name with excuses: "it's fine, it's difficult to roll the double r, it has a lot of vowels."

It came to a point where I have outright told people "no, it's not fine." White people can pronounce "white" names (like Timothée Chalamet) just fine - they can do their best to pronounce my last name and all names that have been "othered" by Western society.

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