By Bill Matthews
Alopecia Davies’ daughter still doesn’t have a name.
(DETROIT) The city’s controversial naming rights law has claimed its first victim.
Alopecia Davies, 18, was arrested this morning after she refused an order from the African American Name Beautification Committee to spell her daughter’s name with letters found in the standard English alphabet.
The girl’s name would have been pronounced something akin to ‘Chamillionaire,’ which likely would not have passed AANBC scrutiny. But Davies, who dropped out of Detroit’s Murray Wright High School after learning she was pregnant, wanted to spell it using Klingonese, a fictional language from the Star Trek television show.
Davies told The Peoples News she wasn’t a fan of the show but thought using the made-up language, which has a guttural sound, would make her daughter’s name unique.
“My one best girlfriend, she name her daughter Chameleon Air. My other girlfriend, she name her little girl Come Million Heir. So I had to make my baby special,” said Davies.
AANBC member Paula McQueen, one of the three whites charged with approving the baby’s name in this case, said Davies should have found another way. The committee tried to work with her.
“We suggested Camille or even Kami,” says McQueen. “There aren’t any baby girls in her neighborhood that have fewer than four syllables in their name, so that would’ve made her daughter stand out.”
The AANBC has been called into 410 births where mothers have chosen suspect names. But this was the first time the mother refused to tone down their first choice.
“She just refused to use any of the internationally recognized alphabets,” McQueen said. “Even using Mandarin would have been acceptable. But no.”
The committee has been highly scrutinized recently, since it allowed a mother to name her daughter ‘Kanapay.’ Members found it borderline acceptable, until being told too late that it was actually a homophone for the French word canapé, which means ‘sofa.’
“If someone can still name their child ‘Sofa,’ then this committee is toothless,” said U.S. Federal Judge Ryan Cabrera, who ruled in March that black women in Detroit could no longer name their children.
When told about today’s arrest, Cabrera was pleased.
“It was these kinds of idiotic names that I was trying to eliminate in the first place,” he said.
Detroit Police arrested Davies at Detroit-Mercy Hospital after she scribbled something on the girl’s birth certificate. The department’s cryptologist confirmed the writing was Klingonese, but that Davis had actually spelled out the nonsensical ‘Chappatoomee.’
When told of her mistake, Davies said “Ooh, that’s pretty.”
She is due in court August 2 and faces a fine of $500 and 90 days in jail.
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