I'm sure most of us by now have heard of the girl named Abcde that was mocked by a Southwest Airlines employee. If you haven't, here's a link. Everyone who's shared this story on my feed were more upset over the parent naming her child Abcde than they were about the employee making fun of them. And that bothers for some reason.
Yes, naming your child after a string of alphabet letters is a bit... unusual... but I don't think that it's worth the Internet hate it's been getting, especially when people put that before outrage that should go towards the airline employee. I get the argument that if you name your child a really strange name, you're only making life harder for them as they'll be targets of bullies and then have a higher chance of being passed over for job applications, but... does your name really matter?
We're living in a society where acceptance is being pushed harder than it ever has before. Same sex marriage continues to spread. We're fighting for more and more human rights for all races and ethnicities. We're even learning more about the gender spectrum. We're trying to make everyone understand that people need to be accepted for who they are. Yet, some of these social justice advocates on my feed who push tolerance freak out over a parent naming their child Abcde... Seriously?
We shouldn't have to avoid naming our children unusual names to protect them from being bullied or making job searching harder. We should instead continue to promote acceptance. Yeah, we're all going to see someone named Abcde and have reactions, but instead of laughing and humiliating them, we should use that moment as a conversation start. "Abcde? Wow, what an usual name? What's the story behind that? How do you pronounce it?" (it's Ab-city by the way, which sounds pretty if you ask me).
What do you think?