May 06, 2007

Mexican Indians forced to change baby names

Indigenous people claim language discrimination Cruz said members of his community are often pressured to change the names of their children to Spanish names, or at least something that sounds more Spanish. Often, he said, the pressure comes with an ethnic slur.

When Cruz's sister went to register her son's indigenous name, she, too, was rejected, he said.

"They told her at the registry that those names weren't allowed because they were Indian names," Cruz said. "They recommended another name--Alfred. That's a foreign name. So that boy is indigenous but he's now called Alfred."
Comment:  The same thing happened in the US to Indians, blacks, and immigrants.

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