Good on her..”She is a doctor with a Ph.D. in higher education and just completed her dissertation, Black Names in White Classrooms: Teacher Behaviors and Student Perceptions”
NPR reports the unusual story of Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck, a woman who spent years being mocked for her name. Now, she is a doctor with a Ph.D. in higher education and just completed her dissertation, Black Names in White Classrooms: Teacher Behaviors and Student Perceptions. Fittingly, it focuses on the theory that people with “distinctly black names” face different perceptions and expectations, which impacts their career choices, relationships, and self-esteem.
Vandyck claims that during school, her name created the strongest reactions from white teachers.
But Vandyck says her mother chose the name simply because “she felt a kinship with me and she felt like this name would take me around the world.”
Although Vandyck claims she became very aware of the strong reactions and unusual nature of her name as years went by, she doesn’t take any snide remarks personally.
“I don’t believe that anything that anyone has said to me is really intentional and that they’re deliberately trying to hurt me,” she said. “We all hear things that make us look twice.”