Molly Petry, a suburban Detroit homemaker (pictured with her two children, Jacob and Esther), is one of the first members of the African American Name Beautification Committee
(LIVONIA, MICH) A stay at home mom, an elementary school teacher and a deli owner are the first members of the controversial African American Name Beautification Committee.
The AANBC was commissioned in March to oversee the names African American mothers give their children, after U.S. Federal Judge Ryan Cabrera mandated that a committee made up of three white people oversee the process.
“I’m just happy that I can be a part of this process,” says Molly Petry, a homemaker from Livonia, a suburb west of Detroit. Petry, who named her two children Jacob and Esther, said she favors Biblical names.
“If it’s good enough for our Lord, it’s good enough for the blacks too,” she says.
The other members are Robert “Dick” Dodd, the owner of Dodd’s Deli in Dearborn Heights and Paula McQueen, who teaches third grade at Brailsford Elementary School in Northville.
“I definitely think some good will come from this,” Dodd said cheerfully. “We can teach them how to pick good, pronounceable, spell-able names.”
A few blacks objected to the committee, saying Cabrera’s ruling is racist, a violation of the Constitution and reminiscent of slavery. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice even began a campaign in March to get Cabrera removed from office.
But she met resistance from an unexpected source: African Americans.
Our Kind of People, a coalition of powerful, upper-crust blacks, blocked Rice’s drive.
“We feel African Americans have to get back to their roots. Or maybe even Roots,” says founder Martha Jackson. “There is nothing wrong with being named Toby.”
Rice, in a statement exclusive to The Peoples News, said “The Republican base supports this, as does Hillary Clinton, so I was defeated before I even began.”
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