What's In A Name?: The Recompense of #IAmJada
The fact that Jada chose to reclaim her name after such public disrespect and degradation is extraordinary. The 16-year-old girl from Texas woke up after attending a party and found pictures of herself unconscious and naked online, believes she was raped, after being given a spiked drink. If all this wasn't bad enough the pictures of her body were being ridiculed under the hashtag #Jadapose.
In this age, hashtags are as important as names. Just like a birth name, they can take on a life of their own. Yes, corruption and debauchery can be digitally personified and taken lightly. However, in Jada's case bravery, awareness, and resilience are coming out on top — as the power of good tends to do. Jada chose to stand up and make her voice heard. She made the choice to claim her true character under the hashtag #IAmJada.
In an interview with Marc Lamont Hill on HuffPost Live, there is a striking moment when Jada states the aim to "get her name back". For many people who have been a victim to such a crime, the tenacity that Jada's shown does not come so easily, if at all. What's commendable is that she chose not to hold back. Her voice is uplifted, with much support. Given the many cases where so many voices have gone unheard because of fear. Her strength is helping to foster a world where survivors know they are safe, they are believed, and they're lives will not be consumed with shame*.
The names given to us represent our character and essence. The very name Jada is from Hebrew origin, meaning "wise" or "one who knows". It's fitting that Jada knew the power of claiming her voice. Her life and her name need not be consumed. Her story is a testament that our name and our true character can never be taken.