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'Dear Abby' Ignites Firestorm With Advice On Baby Names

From the moment parents-to-be announce they’re expecting, many are bombarded with possible names for their unborn offspring.

Some are common, some unique, but one thing is clear: everyone’s got an opinion — even famous advice columnists.

Earlier this week, a tweet about a “Dear Abby” advice column from September made waves on social media, pointing out that the column advised a reader not to give their child a “foreign” name. The column elicited sharp rebuke from users online who said “Abby” was encouraging “white washing.”

GUESTS: Simran Jeet Singh, scholar, activist and Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition

Wajahat Ali, New York Times Op-Ed contributor

LEARN MORE: Actually, “Dear Abby,” I Like My “Foreign Name” Just Fine, Thanks (Vogue 10/17/10)

For Muslim-Americans, Baby Aidan or Baby Muhammad? (New York Times 10/3/15)

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