This week, a study of over 1,500 subjects out of the University of California Los Angeles found that, among other things, “People linked black-sounding names (Jamal, DeShawn, or Darnell) with aggression, while the white-sounding names (Connor, Wyatt, or Garrett) received more leniency. In fact, people associated black-sounding names with neutral backgrounds as equally dangerous to white-sounding names with a criminal record.” On “The View” Friday morning, the hosts aired a clip of children saying “ghetto black names,” including Fo’Landra and Elephantisha, and then sat around discussing bias regarding names. “Can we take back ‘racist’ and say ‘discriminatory’?”
Symoné, sporting a flamboyant pink mohawk, asked. “Because I think that’s a better word. And I am very discriminatory against words like the ones that they were saying in the video. I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not going to happen. I’m not going to hire you.” She said this. To a woman named Whoopi. And Whoopi just slowly turned her gaze to the audience and clutched her heart.