MURFREESBORO, TN – Protesters filled the parking lot of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital on Thursday in opposition of newborn baby Raider Allen Johnson, born late Wednesday evening.
The protest focused on the name Raider, which protesters have called offensive, insensitive, and culturally unacceptable.
“The word Raider brings up all kinds of negative connotations,” said protester Thomas Jenkins. “We understand that there may be a perfectly legitimate reason for naming this child Raider, but the parents should understand that if some part of the community can be offended by another interpretation of a naming choice, that name has got to be stopped at all costs.”
Other protesters echoed that, while there may be a legitimate reason for the name, such as family lineage or just personal preference, the fact that the name could be loosely tied to racism means it should be banned from use.
“Listen, I’m all for Myleigh, Briley, Hexley, Hylee, Tyleigh, Aiden, Braden, Jaden, Kaden, Paiden, and all the other ways that white people can just destroy first names,” said protester Faith Killion, whose children, Payzlee and Braisley were also present. “But you keep that racist Raider bullshit out of here.”
When asked if she would approve the name Rayderr (with two “R” at the end), she immediately changed her tune.
“Wow that’s so unique and creative,” she said. “I really like it.”
At the time of this story, the protesters have asked the community to take a stand against this word, whether or not the parents meant it to be racist or not.
“It’s time to take a stand,” protesters yelled. “If we are offended, you should be too!”
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