Did Nikki Haley Take a "White Name" Because America Is Racist?

Kim Iversen

Nikki Haley was criticized for her name change I want to discuss this because it's relevant to my family experience. An analyst slammed Nikki Haley for going by Nikki when Nikki Haley said that the United States is not a racist country.

Analyst tweeted out "right is that why you went from going is that why you went from going by Nimrata Nikki Randhawa to Nikki. So before she got married and changed her last name to Haley. So this is something that a lot of people talk about is this kind of name changing to western names from your birth name. Most everybody in my family change their birth names to a more western sounding name.

 My mom went by Jackie and my aunt went by Lisa. It's a very common thing for people when they come to this country to take on a name that is more western sounding. One of the reasons why my mom named me Kim is because it's a name that works in Vietnamese and it's also a name that westerners recognize so it's both. There's actually a lot of Vietnamese Kim's now for that same exact reason. You know it's a really common thing to do. Do I think it's rooted in racism? Not really, I think it's rooted in the fact that westerners have a difficult time pronouncing foreign names

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