“Ghetto” Names

In the latest social “outrage”, Actress & “The View” co-host Raven-Symoné caused an uproar when she stated on “The View” that she “would never hire someone named “Watermelondrea.””


The Million Man March’s 20-year anniversary gathering is happening in Washington, D.C. this weekend, and THIS is what gets our attention?


Raven-Symoné’s premise – that there is bias towards “ghetto” names, including her own bias – is not wrong. The belief that these are all Black names, is.

Here’s a question for Raven-Symoné and many others: what exactly counts as a “ghetto-sounding” name?

An example: There’s Anthony, Antwan, and Antonio… pretty “normal” names, right. How about Tony or Anton? What about Anfernee? Anquan? All 7 names are pretty similar. Where would you draw the line between “normal” and “ghetto” names? Also, are you positive that all 7 are Black?

Here’s another list of names; which of these would be considered too “ghetto”? Mary-Kate, Cinnamon, Winter-Marie, Wynter, Turquoise, Burgundy, Daneisha? Can you pick out which of those names belong to a Black woman or women? (2 are)

If you are named after a food or color, is your name “ghetto”? The fact that this is an issue again in 2015 completely amazes me. Maybe Kamau Bell – GHETTO NAME!!!! OMG!!!!! – AND Dwayne Kennedy can help me understand:

Totally Biased

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