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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Supreme Allah, Jr.

An article in the NY Post yesterday described the tragic and senseless killing of local anti-crime activist Shuri Henry in Newark, NJ.

It's hard not to be struck by the name of her 18-year-old killer: Supreme Allah, Jr.

Does a kid with a name like that have any chance in life? Wouldn't you sort of half expect him to develop a misguided sense of omnipotence?

Presumably, if he's a Junior, he has a father with the same name. Did his father change his own name to Supreme Allah, or was that his given name as well? (I'm guessing the former.) How many delusions of grandeur did the father have, if he did adopt that name?

It's not as if the Muslims need any more bad publicity, but it's tempting to file this murder under the heading of terrorism. That last name implies jihad, even if the first name has sort of a black twist to it.

All in all, a sad situation.

Shuri Henry, who was trying to do some good in the community, can do so no longer. And her feral 18-year-old murderer will be housed and fed at taxpayer expense for the next few decades.


Anonymous said...

supreme allah junior is an anagram for A JOLLIER SUPERHUMAN and A PHALLUS INJURE MORE

(and many others):

(when somebody has A NAME TO CONJURE WITH, it's fun to check the anagrams, heehee)


John Craig said...

I finished "The Mask of Sanity," didn't like it as much as you do, but it's an interesting read, and Cleckley has to be honored for having been the father of the field. I'll put up a post about it sometime soon.

Shaun F said...

John - That reminded me, a woman I knew named her child "Napoleon." Any thoughts? And I look forward to your post on Cleckley.

John Craig said...

PS -- That anagram site is fun, I just wasted 20 minutes doing the names of family members.

Quartermain said...

He sounds like a five percenter.

John Craig said...

Allan --
They give themselves names like that?

John Craig said...

Shaun F. --
This is weird, your comment just showed up in my inbox now, and yet it seems to have been written at 8:22AM.

Napoleon? I guess she had bit hopes of her kid. A name like that could give you a complex though.

Anonymous said...

Why do Muslims oftentimes incorporate their spiritual founder's name, Mohammed, into their son's names? Personally, I wouldn't want my child to have the name of a religious leader. People should have their own, regular sounding names.

- birdie

Quartermain said...

I don't for sure, but it sounds like something stupid that they would do.

There was a five percenter by that name in the HBO series Oz:

John Craig said...

Birdie --
Hispanic people name their sons Jesus on a not infrequent basis, I guess it's a cultural thing. "Supreme Allah" seems to take it to a new level, though. It's like naming your son "Almighty God," or "Our Lord Who Art in Heaven."

John Craig said...

Allan --
Aha, thank you.

Anonymous said...

Apparently, I misspelled the Prophet's name - it's Muhammad. Oops!

- birdie

John Craig said...

Birdie --
I've seen a number of spellings, I'm not sure any one is correct. The first version you used is fairly common, as is the second.

Rona said...

It's funny that while name reveals the man is Muslim one also immediately knows he's black and not Middle Eastern.

Do blacks not understand how they come across to others with these childish attempts at grandeur?

John Craig said...

Rona --
Evidently not.

Blacks actually have a long tradition of aspirational names. They used to name their offspring after Presidents (think George Washington Carver), these days it's more likely to be after a prestigious brand name (Chanel or Lexus), or royalty (Prince or Marquis or Queen), or a prestigious school (Harvard or Yale). I've seen all those names.

It's almost cute, actually.

europeasant said...

I think we've done the crazy names thing before. I think it was about the crazy Utah names.

Some examples; Chemicals and future names of prescriptions: Vinyl, Orlon, Chlorine, Clorene, Florene, Florine, Lexann, Dow, Codiene, Radon, Ethylene, Vyron, Chlodene, Codilyn, Lyravin, Monalaine, Nyleen, Merlaine, Monease, Naquel, Ronalene, Nylan, Rolayne, Tyron, Lexine, Lyrin, Mikatin, Artax, Xtrin, Tylene, Qedrin, Tamrin, Denilyn, Kevrin, Nicolin, Xylan, Tolex, Zylan, Daycal, Falycid, Zerin, Davon, Sydal, Dynevore, Xtlyn

;Names inspired by the family car: Audi, Fairlene, Celecta, Pontiac, Vonda, Vonza, Auto, Cherokee, Lexus, Porsche, Skylark, Truckston, Avis, Chevrollette, Chevonne, Caprice, Dodge, Kitura, Tirzia, Labbaron, Merzaydee

John Craig said...

Europeasant --
Yes, someone -- was it you? -- mentioned the crazy Mormon names before. I had been unaware of them before that. It made me wonder, what with all those multiple wives in Utah's past, how much inbreeding resulted?

A lot of the names you've listed could pass for black names, but when I checked out a list of Mormon names for myself, a lot of them seemed to have a different flavor. There were a lot of compound names like Heavenly Spring, or Daisies in the Valley, or Rapturous Spirit, which wouldn't be mistaken for black names.

I guess if you're part of a culture where such names are the norm, if the word "norm" can be applied here, then ordinary names like "John" and "Sally" come to seem awfully boring, and if you want to fit in, well, you try to outdo your neighbor.