I remember the day I changed my name to something more palatable, easier for a Western tongue to pronounce. I shaved off the letters that caused you so much difficulty because you were too nervous, too unwilling, too indifferent to learn it correctly. I still feel the flushing heat of embarrassment hearing you struggle to form the sounds and then deciding to just give up. For such a long time I felt it was easier to just play along, keep my head down and try to blend in with you. I learned about your history, your kings and queens, your…

Shaz Hussain

Museum professional. Consultant on access and inclusion for PoC in arts and heritage. Activist.

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