Can a Kim or a Mao rise to the national stage?

Jason Reed/Reuters /Landov. Via NPR.

Last night, as San Antonio mayor Julián Castro delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, ill-informed commentators on social media wondered aloud if Castro were related to Fidel:

Some who were better informed made light of Castro’s name:

Grace Lee’s tweet raises a good question. If someone with an “infamous” name like Kim or Mao rose to the national stage, in the US or elsewhere in the West, what kinds of questions and commentary would that provoke? If I were to give a speech on a national stage, I would expect Twitter to be abuzz with questions about whether I’m related to Hồ Chí Minh.

The answer, by the way, is no. (And let’s not even bring up that whole refugee thing.)


  1. R.R.

    Perhaps the castro remark was intended as sarcasm






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