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Claim: Federal judge takes away from black women the right to name their children.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2008]
Origins: In March 2008, this item began landing in inboxes everywhere, a false news story playing upon the common theme that black and poor parents give their kids pretentious or wildly-spelled names (often without
Short and sweet, this is a leg-pull. There is no U.S. Federal Judge named Ryan Cabrera (nor one of any other name) who has barred African-American women from naming their children without help from a three-person panel of Caucasians. (There is a Judge Carlos Cabrera in the Fresno County Superior Court, and there is a recording artist called Ryan Cabrera, though.)
This is all a bit of satire, a reproduction of an article entitled "Enough With the Stupid Names" and penned by Bill Matthews, a freelance humor writer who
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Note: This article is satire, brought to you by the creative minds at The Peoples News. It's not real, but we hope it made you think."Enough With the Stupid Names" prompted a
Barbara "b'hab-ra" Mikkelson
Last updated: 22 March 2008
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