Raven-Symoné Is Against Hiring People With “Ghetto” Names

October 9, 2015  |  

ABC

Anyone with a name that even remotely speaks to their African roots has probably wondered at one time or another if hiring managers toss their résumés based solely on the fact that they’re Black. Unfortunately, a recent study published in the Journal of Evolution and Human Behavior found that many Americans do make racist assumptions based on people’s names. On Thursday, the women of “The View” shared their opinions on the study, and of course, the show’s resident troll Raven-Symoné had the most to say on the subject.

“Just to bring it back, can we take back ‘racist’ and say ‘discriminatory,’ 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.”

https://twitter.com/DeannaFryTV/status/652457159675015168?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^tweet

In other words, if your mom decided to name you Shaniqua or DaQuan, you don’t deserve to be gainfully employed because a decision that your parents likely made before you even took your first breath tells employers everything that they need to know about your work ethic and capabilities.

Thankfully, someone on the panel had enough sense to point out that there’s probably not a single person walking this earth who had control over what their parents decided to name them. But of course, it went right over Raven’s head.

“Is that mean?” she asked as if she found the entire conversation to be hilarious.

I’m sorry, what?

Ma’am, let me remind you as you’re perched at ABC’s roundtable week after week that had God not blessed you with a successful career in entertainment, there’s a good chance that you would be out here applying to nine-to-five gigs like the rest of us. And let me assure you that if a hiring manager as biased as yourself came across your résumé with Raven-Symoné Pearman plastered across the top of it, there’s a good chance that you wouldn’t be hired, or even called in to interview, either.

You’d think someone from “every continent in Africa” would know better.

Trending on MadameNoire

View Comments
Comment Disclaimer: Comments that contain profane or derogatory language, video links or exceed 200 words will require approval by a moderator before appearing in the comment section. XOXO-MN
  • Biscuites

    why would white people running scared? Black and Brown would unite and declare war on whites? Why?

  • Teal Wilson

    Raven, who has that ethnic hairdo on top of her head looking like a rooster. No job for you!!

  • Teal Wilson

    Raven, you are young. You know not what you say! Go to school honey.

  • clarke 2.0

    So WHAT THE HELL does she think RAVEN-SYMONE is?

  • And yet she looks like an whole rooster….

  • Irish

    I think we can safely say Raven Symone’ is a BOOB!! The View should have been dust a long time ago.

  • Erin Bibb

    Ravens aren’t evil. They are actually very intelligent creatures. Nor are they “nasty”. I do agree that I wouldn’t name my child Raven.

    • morrow

      Have you ever paid any attention to those birds sitting in the middle of the road eating dead animals (dogs and cats included)? They will eat garbage.

  • Beatrix Muircastle

    Raven, you have just become what is wrong with this country. what the hell is a ghetto name? how the hell does someone choose their own name from birth?! how dare you disregaurd a persons acheivments because you don’t like their name? what kinda name is RAVEN?! you’re named after a bird that eats road kill! you might as well be named Vulture or Condor!

  • CB Terry

    People think racism is name calling, but you need power. Take this site, it’s writers/editors/moderators are possibly and probably racists, skewing perception on races, deleting comments they deem ‘Unacceptable’ yet allowing obviously racist comments to be repeatedly posted. You’ll be exposed..

  • CB Terry

    People think racism is name calling, but you need power. Take this site….

  • Erik

    So says the woman with the stupid pink hair

  • Gary Horsey

    what about hiring fat people with red hair, blah, blah

  • Guest

    I have never been able to understand why people are always trying to find bad in people, or bad things about them. What happened to just looking for the good and unique things that make us all different? Celebrate our differences, surround yourselves with new and different things and life can be amazing. Picking out something a person can not help and disqualifying them based upon it is flat dead wrong. These things go for people of all races! I see so much negativity from one race to another its pathetic. All people need to judge based on actions not race. White, black, yellow, so many races in these posts hating on another race because of ignorance.

  • Shequila Daniels

    It’s funny she would make the comment about not hiring someone because of their name. When she sitting their looking like her name would be the very name she stated she would not hire. I can’t believe she would go to work on a well know talk show looking like afterwards she going to work at mc Donald’s, then when she get off going to pick up her four kids. She look just as hood as the name she through out there watermelon whatever. With the red hair, unnatural looking eye lashes meaning big eye lashes. Black or violet lipstick with all those gold chains around her neck. Me as a black woman wouldn’t be caught dead looking like that.

  • Kenneth Burks

    Bulldaggers say the darndest things! 😉

  • Harry v

    Someone needs to tell raven that she’s is not white. I’m starting to think she hate’s being black

  • Dewayne Gooden

    Not all black people are from Africa, There were already Black indians here in what we now call America so we were here first, red indians and black indians! Look at some of the pics on youtube. A lot of our history has been hidden from us so we wouldnt know who we were as a people. I bet you didn’t know that after dna testing, the jews over in isreal are not even jews! They are europeans who adopted judaism and migrated to poland, and after the USA stole land in the middle east for them and let them then migrate to stolen land. Hows that for a little TRUTH!

  • gfghj

    The ghetto name just saves everyone time, if you show up and act ghetto in anyway at the interview your going to be out anyway. On the other hand if your a ghetto name and applying for low meaning job it helps the hiring manager. In the world of business keep naming kids crazy names to prevent wasted time. It probably saves weeks and weeks of wasted interviewing time so crazy ghetto naming is encouraged. Carry on people!

  • Nymeria

    Then she wouldn’t hire herself!

  • Laylah Lauree

    Lol you do realize BLACK people were in America first right, and for the most part Mexicans have tried to stay under the radar while benefiting from the strives Black people have made towards equality. If you recall, before, and during the civil rights movement mexicans were trying to assimilate with whites, but white people weren’t having it. The stuggles of mexicans do not compare to those of the Indigenous people. In fact, Mexicans are a fairly newer ethnic group. What is a Mexican? What ethnicities make up a Mexican? Black people were already in America before slavery. All life comes from Black life, fist, and last. Everybody wants to jump on the all minority band wagon when they can benefit from it other than that dead silence. There have been many strides made by Latinos who have joined with Indigenous ones to fight for equality, Mexicans, not so many.

  • vsweet

    No, “young girl” YOU ARE CONFUSED. Give me a break!!! “the Mexican is just as discriminated against as the African American. The difference is we are less vocal about it, not because we don’t care about the issues” Soooooooooooooo not true, and I DO know about the “Californios”. Love all people, but Mexicans “pass” all the time AND ride on the coattails of the people who are on the front-lines of racism, namely Black people…that’s just like saying ALL Americans fight and die on the battle field JUST LIKE the SOLDIERS. Not only is that STUPID ish, but it is a damned LIE. DO NOT EVER disrespect African Americans by equating OUR struggle with the Mexican struggle. They are FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT!!!

  • Laylah Lauree

    True that!

  • BubzLife Starlight

    I think Raven is just outwardly stating what a lot of companies feel and think anyways on the down low. A lot of companies feel the way she does, It’s such a sad thing to see how anti-blackness can seep into the minds of even other black folk. She probably doesn’t even think she said anything wrong let alone believe her ideology is a fallacy. Internalized white supremacy is a ugly thing.

  • Chiniquy

    “Our love and attachment to our European names gives a true picture of where our hearts and minds are.

    The majority of our people still love Europe and European ancestry more than they love Africa and African ancestry.

    There is a psychological feeling of attachment to Caucasians because of the European names that the majority of our people still have.

    The majority of ‘blacks’ have no intention of changing their Europeans names.

    They are extremely proud of their Europeans names.

    It is their one remaining proof of their love and fidelity to Caucasians.

    Many upper class ‘blacks’ erroneously believe that unless they have ‘good’ Caucasian names (unlike names like Sheniqua, Tamika, Shemela etc), they will not be successful economically and socially with Caucasian Americans.

    Many also fear they will alienate their Caucasian friends by getting rid of the European names passed down to them from their slave ancestors.”

    https://chiniquy.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/what-are-the-two-biggest-problems-of-african-americans/

  • Michael Woodward

    Unbelievable. “Hello, Pot? This is the Kettle. Guess what!”

  • James Ricks

    bye-bye blackbird

  • James Ricks

    Our stories are real, she lives by a script. Apparently she is thirsting for someone to write her another script because she didn’t have anything else to say #puppet on a string # washed up dummy

  • Kenneth Willis

    She against black sounding names but her name is Raven, a black bird by the way. Her name is not an average name either so I’m guessing the if she wasn’t a television personality and out in the regular work force then she too would be discriminated against and that would be alright. I also notice that she’s sporting a red Mohawk hair style, I’m pretty sure that it’s not an average style that Becky, Nancy or Carol would wear

  • James Ricks

    Good we’ll archive her comments, apply for a position, then break her bank by suing her for discrimination. Is this dummy hiring because somebody’s getting ready to get pizaid!!

  • James Ricks

    looking like woody wood-pecker. Yeah, we getting ready to talk about her backwards butt real bad.

  • Andrea

    This girl is getting too full of herself! She’s been bitten by the “Cosby bug”. A word of warning, Miss Thang, “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before fall (straight from Proverb11:2). That’s how the “Cos” used to rag on his own people, before his deceptious rug slid right from underneath him. From what are you are you trying to divert attention, you red-mohawk-wearing-don’t know your own sexuality-loud-mouthed ignoramus?

  • YoungJ

    I dont agree that you should discriminate. But she is right when it comes to some of these goofy names. These h00drat mothers need to start thinking about their childrens future and STOP giving their kids these r3tarded names. White people aint going to hire Jardarquavius and LaDaquashia

    • Masterpieced

      Are WHITE people the only ones hiring? Condoleeza got hired. Oprah got hired. Barack got hired…..

  • Lou Wills

    Something is seriously wrong with this person..all I can say is I hope she gets some help, quick!

  • eestoomuch

    THIS RAGGEDY RHYMES WITH SNITCH!

  • caligirl

    what a disgrace. off with her head!

  • garyjminter

    Raven-Symone knows how to get the conversation going! Kind of like The Donald. We are all racists to some degree or other, but we are all human beings whose ancestors originated in Africa a couple million years ago. So go figure?

  • LiveMelove

    It has nothing to do with acceptance it’s all about oppression. Look up Black Wallstreet and see what happened. There use to be nice black communities that did support one another but Whites would not let it happen burned it down and killed them. So before you come for us, do your research on our attempts to live in peace but their commitment to destroy us because we no longer were breastfeeding their young and letting them rape us and sell us. As a black woman with Native American Heritage. I’m double sick of it.

  • Maralee Hertel

    Why are this idiots still on the air? If Raven-Symone showed to an interview looking like she escaped from the My Little Pony show, I wouldn’t hire her.

  • guest

    Ms Symone, did you not forget that it was primarily the people with those African American names/heritage who helped you to get where you are? But in spite of that my name does not define me, my character, ambition or achievements, So, if you are hiring based on someones name you are no different from those who hire based on sexual orientation. Think about it.

  • Stephen Bellinger

    “In other words, if your mom decided to name you Shaniqua or DaQuan, you don’t deserve to be gainfully employed because a decision that your parents likely made before you even took your first breath tells employers everything that they need to know about your work ethic and capabilities.” – Yes to the limited thinking… your name is all they need to know.

  • hmmmmm

    most o the outrage seems to be coming from SM.

    these people must have no life.

  • Mooderator

    Man, Raven was the worst part of the Cosby Show, but damn, if she weren’t gay, I’d be on that!

    I’ve worked in call centers for 10 years and two of those years I spent interviewing people for jobs. First of all these so-called “Africanized” should instead be called “hood” names because most of them are as close to Africa as Taco Bell is to Mexican food. While many of them they sound ugly to me, but the real problem I have is when the names don’t follow the alphabet. The alphabet is a roadmap and,with it, I can pronounce names most parts of the world from vowel-less Slavic names to mile long Indian names to a variety ‘African-African’ names. The biggest exception to that is the hood. Some hood names are such a horrible mish-mash of letters that I would get nauseous. It’s like their parents are just throwing the letters together randomly, like kid playing with a Mr. Potato Head. One name was so bad that I refused to repeat it (the letters were out of sync with the syllables which made it impossible to spell the name that way. Think of spelling Brenda as Bredna and expecting people to accept it as Brenda. It just didn’t work.) I never let my feelings impact interviews, but anytime I see a goofy alphabet soup name my 100% unconditional love drops to about 60% of conditional love until I know with the person is about. That may sound harsh, but if your name makes me want to puke, well…

    And that also includes those outside the hood who spell Caitlin as Katlen, Madison as Madasynn or similar crap.

    Most common offenses:
    The silent i at after the sh in any ‘sha’ name, i.e Keishia. Keisha has more than enough letters to get the point across (I could do without the first I myself) and, for us spellers, that final i in Keishia suggests that there’s another syllable in there (Kee-She-yuh).

    Ending boy names in A. Somewhere along the line the name Dante` got adopted as a hood name and mutated into a bunch of other names that end in the N-TAY sound, but now instead of the accented e, it’s being replaced with an a, which is usually attached to female names, The first time the name Lavonta showed up on my interview screen I expected to speak to a woman. I was wrong. So now Dante` might show up as Donta (and I guess Beyonce` as Beyonca, which a speller would pronounce like ‘Bianca’.

    Taking common words or names and rearranging the spelling just to muss things up: People the word is Sierra, like SIerra Leone ,like The Treasure of Sierra Madre, not Ciera (that’s a car), not Cierra, Ceyerra, or anything else. Sierra. That’s pretty much the original sound and spelling; it’s the word that no doubt inspired the names that use those syllables. Honor it. And if you can’t do that at least keep it simple; I work with a darling woman whose name took a common 5 letter word, changed both vowels and stretched it to 7 letters, one of which is silent–it hurts to hear her explain her name when she introduces herself.

    Is that mean? Maybe, but once again, if an applicant’s name makes me want to puke because of its goofy spelling or awkward pronunciation, that applicant is gonna have a challenge getting into my company because I don’t want to have to puke at work everyday. Fortunately for these applicants I never had that executive say-so and clearly their names never showed any relevance to their qualifications for doing the job. But still, you better come up with a nickname fast if you want to work for me.

    Somehow the name Shaniqua got to be the cheapshot target for hood names. Cosby attacked it and it’s referenced in this article. I have no problem with Shaniqua. It’s an old name now anyway and the above spelling makes sense. My point is that if two applicants had the same level of qualifications and their names were pronounced the same I would hire Shaniqua over Shawnniquia if only to save keystrokes, paper and correction fluid. I would then hire Shaniqua over an equally qualified Demonta, just because of the ugly spelling of his name.

    These kinds of names eat up untold chunks of time in misspellings and confusion. Every moment that you have to correct the spelling of your name because it doesn’t make sense is a moment lost. Every time you announce yourself as “Christopher With A K” or “Antoine But It’s Spelled Differently” is a moment you’ll never get back. Nope, no one could stop their parents from giving kids these awful names but I pray that the Mr Potato Head approach to spelling dies away tomorrow.

    • Chiniquy

      Parents can give their children any name they choose. But when Caucasians give their children odd name (like Grace Slick’s child named god) no one bat an eye.

  • Maijah Hoshi

    Her name has a ghetto ring to it… Raven not so bad… Symone with a y…. Hoodish tendencies….ijs

  • Greg Boone

    What an asshat! “Africanized name”? Oh, you mean like Miriam, Joseph, Aaron, Joshua, Michael, David, Samuel? She IS aware that these names originated in Africa even if they’re associated with Judaism, Islam. A person’s name has nothing to do with their character unless we go to extremes like “Kill ‘Em Up Smith” or “Bloodthirsty Jones”. Raven Simone should apologize to every African person on the planet for that knucklewalking commentary.

  • Avery Reese

    Did she actually forgot what she had on her head when she made these discriminatory comments. However true or not the pot calling the kettle black.

  • Gotitbutsmh

    RS knows 100% about absolutely nothing. Her views and thoughts on anything should be received in the context that are given, as a tv child star. She is the voice of reason of zero.

  • Jayda Brown

    This bird and her mouth, she should be Trump’s running mate.

  • haroldkumarlipshits

    I woould not hire you if your name was onimonappia, we can get around that by just using part of the name mona from the above would work.. I am in school calling names and it is like i need a dictionary or encyclopedia to say these names but luckily for me I am a good reader and can pronounce words clearly

  • anarchyst

    For almost 150 years the United States has been conducting an interesting experiment. The subjects of the experiment: black people and working-class whites.

    The hypothesis to be tested: Can a people taken from the jungles of Africa and forced into slavery be fully integrated as citizens in a majority white population?

    The whites were descendants of Europeans who had created a majestic civilization. The former slaves had been tribal peoples with no written language and virtually no intellectual achievements. Acting on a policy that was not fair to either group, the government released newly freed black people into a white society that saw them as inferiors. America has struggled with racial discord ever since.

    Decade after decade the problems persisted but the experimenters never gave up. They insisted that if they could find the right formula the experiment would work, and concocted program after program to get the result they wanted. They created the Freedman’s Bureau, passed civil rights laws, tried to build the Great Society, declared War on Poverty, ordered race preferences, built housing projects, and tried midnight basketball.

    Their new laws intruded into people’s lives in ways that would have been otherwise unthinkable. They called in National Guard troops to enforce school integration. They outlawed freedom of association. Over the protests of parents, they put white children on buses and sent them to black schools and vice versa. They tried with money, special programs, relaxed standards, and endless handwringing to close the “achievement gap.” To keep white backlash in check they began punishing public and even private statements on race. They hung up Orwellian public banners that commanded whites to “Celebrate Diversity!” and “Say No to Racism.” Nothing was off limits if it might salvage the experiment.

    Some thought that what W.E.B. Du Bois called the Talented Tenth would lead the way for black people. A group of elite, educated blacks would knock down doors of opportunity and show the world what blacks were capable of. There is a Talented Tenth. They are the black Americans who have become entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors and scientists. But ten percent is not enough. For the experiment to work, the ten percent has to be followed by a critical mass of people who can hold middle-class jobs and promote social stability. That is what is missing.

    Through the years, too many black people continue to show an inability to function and prosper in a culture unsuited to them. Detroit is bankrupt, the south side of Chicago is a war zone, and the vast majority of black cities all over America are beset by degeneracy and violence. And blacks never take responsibility for their failures. Instead, they lash out in anger and resentment.

    Across the generations and across the country, as we have seen in Detroit, Watts, Newark, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and now Ferguson, rioting and looting are just one racial incident away. The white elite would tell us that this doesn’t mean the experiment has failed. We just have to try harder. We need more money, more time, more understanding, more programs, and more opportunities.

    But nothing changes no matter how much money is spent, no matter how many laws are passed, no matter how many black geniuses are portrayed on TV, and no matter who is president. Some argue it’s a problem of “culture,” as if culture creates people’s behavior instead of the other way around. Others blame “white privilege.”

    But since 1965, when the elites opened America’s doors to the Third World, immigrants from Asia and India–people who are not white, not rich, and not “connected”–have quietly succeeded. While the children of these people are winning spelling bees and getting top scores on the SAT, black “youths” are committing half the country’s violent crime–crime, which includes viciously punching random white people on the street for the thrill of it that has nothing to do with poverty.

    The experiment has failed. Not because of culture, or white privilege, or racism. The fundamental problem is that white people and black people are different. They differ intellectually and temperamentally. These differences result in permanent social incompatibility.

    Our rulers don’t seem to understand just how tired their white subjects are with this experiment. They don’t understand that white people aren’t out to get black people; they are just exhausted with them. They are exhausted by the social pathologies, the violence, the endless complaints, and the blind racial solidarity, the bottomless pit of grievances, the excuses, and the reflexive animosity.

    The elites explain everything with “racism,” and refuse to believe that white frustration could soon reach the boiling point.,.,

  • Lisa G.

    How are some contrived names with no African language origins considered “Africanized”? Would they not be “African Americanized” if this discussion is about race?

    As somebody who is half Asian, I know many Asians adopt an Englishized or Americanized name when they move to America. Several members of my family have done so.

    I’m not suggesting that is the practice people should adopt, but I do wonder: did this study look at people of other countries with names quite dissimilar (and difficult to pronounce) for native speakers of English?

  • nurselady1

    I think the view has a poor way of presenting topics lately. Honestly, I don’t think Raven wouldn’t be in our same boat. Her name is not “ghetto”. My name is not “ghetto” but I have experienced this prejudice when a perspective employers thought I was a foreigner due the way my name is spelled. I am half Nigerian. My name spelled after my father. Never bothered to inquire further, just ended interested. So I believe Some employers do look at that. This is not new. If you are lucky and have other marketable attributes they will inquire further. Business is business. Thankfully all hiring managers aren’t that simple minded. Most look at the bottom line=$$$. As far as Raven is concerned, I wonder if she is paid to be a buffoon? Comedy was her thing and I loved her, but she is going way left out of bounds so fast. I hate seeing that. She must grow up and get a clue.

  • WakeUp***FLAWLESS

    starting to think this c00n is trolling…you cant seriously fix your mouth when u have koolaid red hair,a hyphen AND an accent in your government name,dont u dare

  • Bhuti

    2 things here:
    One, it’s despicable that Raven-S aired a view that is probably held by many others. The reality of various forms of prejudice in any society. Anyways – she’s an idiot and so is any one that thinks that way.
    Two, no, those names have nothing to do with Africa. African names stem either from their colonial fathers OR, from the various indigenous languages rife on the continent (yes it’s a continent and not a country). I have yet to meet an African native ( a person residing in any one of the many countries on the continent ) with a name such as Ta-whatever. This is by no means disrespecting anyone with such a name, it’s only to point out that further ignorance has led many people to call it an “Africanised” name.
    SMH

  • Masterpieced

    Why do dread locs have to be dirty?

  • Masterpieced

    Tell that to Condoleeza.

  • Masterpieced

    Oprah, Barack, Condoleeza, Shaquille, can I go on…… How many successful others with one of a kind names? And white folk have theirs: Sprite, Chase, etc.

    • PraiseTheLord

      But what about Watermelondria?

      • Masterpieced

        Are you seriously going to help Raven make fools of us by repeating her nonsense?

    • Ugonna Wosu

      Barack was named after his Muslim father. It is a Muslim name, and not one of a kind. I’ve seen other men with, and they’re not even black either.

      • Masterpieced

        I am SAYING that it is not a white American name YET Barack got the highest job in the nation and was named BY his white mama AFTER his African father. And surely America is against most things Muslim. You are African. I love my African brothers and sisters, but YOU are new to this Black American game. Just listen and learn. I would look like a fool going to the Motherland and putting my weak 2 shillings on history that y’all have fought for generations….. I would simply listen and learn…..

  • Dre Mosley

    Raven-Symone sounds like a black pornstar name.

    I’ve disliked her since she was a little girl. . .she ruined the Cosby Show.

  • MalikaiDragonSlayer

    Raven Symone. Your name is Raven Symone. Let that sink in for a second.

    • Ugonna Wosu

      Sounds more hippie than ghetto. At least Raven means something . It’s an actual word.

  • Mr. 215

    Well once again, someone gave their opinion and they’re destroyed on-line as a result. Look, I get it I don’t agree either but, unfortunately this is the world we live in, like it or not. Some employers (black or white) unfortunately have a preset stereotype associated with those types of names. But be honest with yourself people would you have that same preconceived notion about someone with a “ghetto” sounding name, some of you would. But, you being on the outside looking in because most of you are not “bosses” in charge of hiring/firing people it’s hard for you to wrap your head around. Again, I don’t agree but, it is what it is.

    • Masterpieced

      How do you not know if we are hiring bosses? Oprah? Condoleeza? etc.

    • Raze

      So we should just go with it and never challenge people’s ideas that your abilities and desire to learn are worth more than your name?
      Imagine where we’d be in this world if we simply said “it’s their opinion, you can’t say otherwise” and moved on. Black people would still be slaves, the Jewish race would have seized to exist and you wouldn’t be born ’cause your parents had to undergo a forced sterilization. Yes, let’s just walk away and never say anything otherwise.

      • Ugonna Wosu

        You’re not challenging hides, you’re all raking her over the coals.

        • Raze

          She was roasting herself to begin with.

  • MalikaiDragonSlayer

    When you say go back to Africa you imply that it was our choice to come here. It was not. You seem to be one of those people who’ve bought into the line of bullshit that racism is dead even though if you’re actually Mexican you probably experience race based discrimination every day.

    • Laylah Lauree

      We dont have to go anywhere because WE were in America first. All life comes from Black life first and last!!

    • Pam Johnson

      I’ll go back to Africa in a NY-sec if the people who financed my ancestors’ trip over here would do the same by financing the trip for me to go back, with better accommodations, quite naturally. When do I leave?

  • Albert Grindstein

    You think “god” blesses people….How cute.

  • Cedric

    This article is so PC it’s ridiculos. Raven was right….parent’s need to think before giving their kids these silly names. It is ghetto and a respectable employers is not going to consider you. That is keeping it real and its time black folk get a clue on this.

    And these names are not “Africanized”. They are simply made up with no thought whatsoever of the harking back to Africa. Let’s get real.

    • Masterpieced

      What makes you think all employers are white?

    • Raze

      Your name is not you.
      Your name is not your qualities, and abilities to succeed in life. And ALL names are made up words. Some of them were simply given a stupid meaning and we simply go ahead and never ask why they were given such meanings.

      • Ugonna Wosu

        Either way, it’s human nature for many to frown their noses when reading these silly names. Raven was just speaking to that. Just because I wouldn’t turn away someone with such a name, doesn’t mean I don’t know others would.

      • anonymouse

        lol and dude’s name is ‘cedric’. oh the irony!

  • Lexi23

    this was not a conversation about “white acceptance” ; this was a conversation about racism, and other groups thought it would be ok to suggest how we should deal with our community’s problems. You have no right to speak on what you don’t deal with. That’s fine that your people aren’t complaining and that’s probably why you have even HiGHER rates of poverty, teen pregnancy, high school drop outs, etc. so no, I’m sorry, but why should I shut up and take advice from people who are no better off?

  • Annie

    Shaniqua and DeQuan are not African names. Those are ghetto names. I’m black and will pause before considering anyone with a ghetto name. A real African name…no problems.

    • Masterpieced

      Condoleeza is ghetto to you?

    • Raze

      You wouldn’t pause because Tyrone, Shaun and Jasmin are “ghetto” names as well. You’d flick their names into the trash just as fast as you would with DeQuan and Shaniqua. Where does this stupidity ends?

      • anonymouse

        And, what about stereotypical Black last names like , williams, jackson, etc….. are we supposed to change those as well? These people are ridiculous.There are a lot of successful Black people with ‘ghetto’ names and they do well in life.

  • domino_alex

    Why is she always speaking against her own race as if she isn’t black herself? You appear on this show with a multitude of different hairstyles that could be labeled as “ghetto”, do you deserve to keep your job? Stop letting her talk.

  • Red Alize Liddell

    Why does Raven still have a platform to speak on? When she was the same one who said Africa was a country instead of a continent.

  • morrow

    When Jay Leno was on this week, Whoopi mentioned to Jay that Raven has cars. I don’t know if Whoopi was trying to make a fool out of Raven or did Whoopi just didn’t know any better, because Jay look at Raven like she was a nut to even talk about her car collection. What does Raven say, she names a few expensive new cars like a fool.

  • fanstastic

    So she is wearing a blood red rooster hair cut but refuses to hire “Shanequa”? She is looking quite ghetto, more like the bird her name is… “Raven” Some people-smdh.

  • @ThisisAnointed

    ABC fire her already…

  • deeceevoice

    Uh … somebody need to pull her coat. WTF do diss heffa-head thank “Raven-Symoné” is? Ain’t nuthin’ but another fakey-fake-Frenchy, “ghetto” name like “Chauntaine.” Hell, dat ridiculous accent aigu should be a dead giveaway to anyone with half a brain.

    Gurl best shet her stupid yap an’ thank de Lawrd her fakey-fake-Frenchy momma didn’t name her somethin’ way more descriptive of what comes out her stoopit mouff – like “LeTrine.”

    Like my virtual friend TOKESHIA said: “If this Heffa don’t go sit down somewhere looking like foghorn leghorn on national tv girl bye”

    (And for you ignunt HATERS, yeah, the AAVE here was intentional!)

  • dogggg4591

    They got what they asked for when they hired a mental titan such as Raven: they got comic relief, did you really believe they hired her for her insightful commentary.

  • IBIT

    She wants to troll people with “ghetto names”…while she’s wearing a dead flamingo on her head?

  • Bruce Norbeck

    I don’t even know WTF a “ghetto name” is. Shaniqua is now “ghetto?” DaQuan is “ghetto?” I’m not supposed to hire Tre’Darious, because that’s “ghetto?”

    /facepalm

  • Pink Panther

    Good thing she started letting everyone know how ignorant and uninformed she is cause I was a huge fan. Goodbye Raven….

  • Guestest

    Stupid girl. I’m so disappointed in her and i used to be such a huge fan of her from her show “That’s so Raven”. Raven, people have no control over the name that they were given at birth. My name is difficult to pronounce but it isn’t “ghetto” in my opinion. Although some may say that it is. Just because your name may be Shaniqua doesn’t mean that you are automatically a problem or “ghetto”. Wow. She’s lost me!

  • Diana Spavlik

    I hope she don’t think she looks presentable smh change your look honey and stop judging

  • Why?

    Strangely enough, its just not people with “ghetto” names that get “discriminated” against.
    People with double first names such as Bobby Lynn or Rosia Mae often get labeled as being bumpkins and slow.
    I get her message though. The “ghetto” names do nothing to help the stigma of being from the hood and starting from the bottom. A lot of folks are going in on her hairstyle, but yet its ok and fashionable when the “other folks” do it….things that make you say hmm.
    Naming your child after trying to decide which magnets stick to the refrigerator door after slamming it is just ONE more strike that we as black folks have to live with.
    1: Being black
    2:being from the hood
    3: the sex we are
    Why continue to add more hurdles to life when we already have ENOUGH going against us?

    • Originalman

      Stop making excuses for ignorant bigots. All groups use ethnic or cultural names. Why are our ethnic names referred to as “ghetto”.

    • sharongibson

      Someone downthread noted that people in HR who are of a certain mind also will look at an applicant’s ZIP Code to see if the potential job candidate lives in a predominately black (or other) neighborhood. So, it’s more than just a name that can be used as a pretext to reject someone’s job application.

    • Masterpieced

      I hear you BUT to address it on a white TV show is not helping at all.

  • Ang

    She started acting at 3. Who can’t speak in sentences at 3?

  • NOTHINGBUTTHETRUTH

    Raven has bought into what she perceived to be white acceptance. At the end of the day she believed that she is better than the average African American. Her efforts to say the most asinine remarks are clear to me as a method to stay in the publics eye. If she was ignored she wouldn’t have a job. She looks so thirsty and desperate. Very much like a caricature of a cartoon. Who can possibly take her serious? Without an African American show that starred all African Americans for the most part, she would be NOTHING!!!!!!

    • Masterpieced

      EXACTLY! Se got her start from a black man who was enamored with a bi-racial child (as so many of you may also be….).

  • Ms. White

    I won’t watch The View, as long as she is on it!

  • Emotional?

    Said girl with a red Mohawk. I wonder if she believes people would still hire her with that style if she wasn’t a celebrity.

  • Lynn Williams

    a dumb clown you mean

  • gloria farmer

    I don’t know why they didn’t just cancel that show when the neg. comment about nurses, you have someone name whoopi and Raven they have Jobs, and I think God that he judges the heart not your name or what you are wearing what color you are,how much money you have, none of that will matter if you Don’t fulfill the true commandment (LOVE) for one another, It is so sad Because he will take from the wicked and give to the just

  • Tanya

    i dont understand why these child stars dont seek out counseling or something when they become an adult. it obvious that they have severe mental issues they have to deal with as a result of having been pushed into the spotlight at a young age.

  • Tanya

    lol raven. we get it. you hate black people and hate being black. you dont have to keep talking about it all the time.

  • MNIMN

    She can suck the deepest farts outta my

  • Beulah Carter

    I named my daughter Shaniqua it means ‘gift from god” and that is what she is to me and always will be. Raven is a black ugly bird so we know what your moms thought of you.

    • Masterpieced

      I get it, but I would not but the color there.

  • STOP SAYING THE NAMES ARE AFRICANIZED… just STOP IT!

  • themeowster

    “Symoné.”

  • Probe Rok

    what a bird.

  • If your parent(s) was irresponsible enough to give you a ridiculously ghetto name that will hold you back in life, you can pay $200 to your nearest probate court and have it legally changed… Problem solved!

  • Kurt Adams

    So What!!! Would you rather buy a used car from a person named “Honest John” or “Gangsta Mohammad”

  • Spike Cohen

    No one chooses their name. She chose to look like a boss on Final Fight…

  • Amsonite

    So a gay, minority woman with a red mohawk named Raven-Symone is saying that discrimination in the hiring process is okay?

    • Kiaunta Hubbard

      Right! lol

  • Kiaunta Hubbard

    Wow. I guess that could count her out as someone could determine that Raven-Symone does not sound ‘typical’. I didn’t realize just how ignorant she is. I was born in the late 70’s around the time it was popular for people to adapt ‘African’ sounding names (tsk, tsk..as most are not West African at all). Should I face discrimination for this? But, If I were named Apple or Comet it might be ok? Or let’s discriminate against trailer park sounding names like Lexi or Brittany? Who determines what is acceptable?

    • Masterpieced

      Exactly. Lexi, Molly, Brittany…. stripper names?

  • Mwatuangi

    I don’t know why folks be acting all surprised at what she says. She ain’t black. She’s Raven-American.

    • Akemata

      LOL!!!

  • melissa

    Raven’s so small minded. I work with a girl now who has a “ghetto name” and she’s the SMARTEST person on the team by far!

    • nunya_biz

      Why do you equate “ghetto names” with intelligence?

      • Masterpieced

        I get what Melissa is saying.

      • melissa

        I think it’s one of those western slavery stereostypes that have ben plaguing culture forever. It’s one of those stereotypes we need to eliminate ASAP

  • GubmentCheeze

    How she gonna say that when her name not only has a hyphen but also an accent and Simone is spelled wrong??? Guuuurl here’s a few seats….take one.

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    ytf would she even use an example containing the word watermelon which has been historically synonymous with a negative portrayal of black people…this ignorant azz bytch has worked my last nerve

  • sharongibson

    There are all sorts of different names–Hebrew and Arabic names such as Shoshanna and Aliyyah, respectively–that can be taken as being “black” or “ghetto” names.

    Of course there are some children who have unfortunate monikers because their parents named them after alcoholic beverages and the like.But the bearer of said name shouldn’t be penalized for a parent’s choice in a name.

    And you’d think a woman with a name like Raven, coifed with a bright red mohawk and six-inch eyelashes would be a bit more sympathetic towards others. But what can you expect from a woman who’s from “every continent in Africa” and feels moved to proclaim, annually, that she’s not black.

    • Akemata

      Right on point!!

  • CLE1978

    I wouldn’t hire someone named “Raven” because I’d think she was raised by hippies and probably doesn’t have the discipline to work in the real world. That’s “discriminatory.” However, not hiring someone because they have a “black” name IS racist because that person is being discriminated against BECAUSE of their perceived race. In fact, there is a white man named Jamaal who said he’s been discriminated against simply because of his name. I think Raven missed the whole point of the study. It’s not an “opinion,” but a scientific study with scientific results that found people with “black” names ARE in FACT (not opinion) discriminated because of their black-sounding name. And for the Mexican lady (with black friends) commenting, it happens to us, too. “Joe” has a better chance of getting a job than “Jose.” If that doesn’t bother you, then you’re part of the problem. And please, don’t talk about “us” as a people and inject your silly comments. I’m Mexican and I don’t agree with you.

    • too_real

      It’s still discrimination

  • melissa B (TwiztedReality)

    She wont hire noone with ghetto name.. um whats the rule on ghetto hair ?

  • Darrin Keith Long

    maybe in the future. unborn babies may be able to tell the mother what they want there name to be before they come out of the womb. i wished i get reborn i want my name to be stewy.

  • Enigma505

    Yea, and anyone with magenta colored chicken comb hair ought not to apply either!!!

    Why is this woman even relevant??

    • DiscoRobot

      Right. The biggest crime here is how seriously people are taking her!

    • Lynn Williams

      she is relevant at clown school

  • Shirley

    Raven, a infant does not say or write that is my name. Shame on you for discriminating agains a person for the name that was given to that person by the birth parent.
    .

  • nunya_biz

    Hilarious, how many people are on the defensive, openly judging, calling this poor girl names for expressing her opinion. Notice she didn’t call anyone out of their name, not a single soul! She made a FUNNY comment on topic of discussion. Make yours, express your opinion without resorting to name calling… I always know I’m going to have a good time when I come here. =) lmaooooo

    • DiscoRobot

      It’s insane to see how quickly people will turn on you if you so much as level one teensy criticism at black culture.

      • nunya_biz

        She said Ghetto names… lmaooo
        people equate ghetto with black culture, not her doing.. hysterical

        • DiscoRobot

          To be fair (and realistic) I seriously doubt any white people are named LaQuisha, LaFawnda, Deshaun, etc.

          • nunya_biz

            You’d be wrong, but white/black/purple/orange. A name is what you answer to, something you had no control over, your character is what makes you.

            • DiscoRobot

              I think you’re ignoring reality. Still, nice sentiment.

              • nunya_biz

                OOOoh you had me until I read ignoring reality. I personally know women who have rather different and unique names, and they are gainfully employed and hold great positions in their fields.

                • Masterpieced

                  Yes, Oprah, Condoleeza, Barack….

          • Masterpieced

            So what? If white folk do not have those names then we could not either?

      • Masterpieced

        This is TEENSY? This plus how many other guffaws Raven has made?

    • Raze

      It wouldn’t be funny if you had to deal with this in your daily life.

      • nunya_biz

        Listen, if my momma named me Potato, I’d either have to deal with it, laugh with everyone or fight everyone. Your name is what you answer to, it is not who you are. This was a funny discussion, facetious – taken to different levels by others. She’s hysterical!!!

        An employer has the right to pick and choose potential employees, I normally ask to name sure their socks don’t match. Can’t have people who wear matching socks work for me — JOKING in case you can’t read into my facetiousness =)

        • Raze

          It’s funny how you say that a name isn’t a part of you, since most employers think it is.
          Otherwise we wouldn’t be having this discussion, don’t you think?

          • DiscoRobot

            I really doubt this is taken that seriously in hiring practices. I know plenty of employed people with ridiculous names.

            • Raze

              From what I’ve read around, yes it is. And it isn’t just people with ghetto names who suffer the consequences: people with common Arabic names or Latino names also face discrimination based on their name.
              HR just doesn’t say that they weren’t hired (or even got a call back) because of their names, otherwise they’ll get sued.

              • nunya_biz

                It really isn’t Raze, employment is normally given to the best candidate. Nepotism helps too, but not buying the racial divide. We are our own worst enemy, we continue to want to blame others for our shortcomings, our lacking of experience, education, monies, hell lack of luck. Hell, we’re even blaming our momma’s for our names lmaooo

                • Ang

                  Funny that white organizations have done studies to show that black names (not ghetto, but names that are more common among black people) are less likely to be hired than someone with an identical resume with a name that is more common with white people.

                  • nunya_biz

                    Hilarious, a study conducted by left handed people, for left handed people concluded that yes, they indeed are left handed and that left handed people are favored over right handed.

                    • Ang

                      I guess you missed the part where I said “white organizations” (as in an independent group that had nothing to gain from the results regardless of how they turned out). If anything, does of these people would be better off disproving there claims of racial discrimination so they can say black people are lying or over exaggerating….girl, you don’t want to believe anything. I guess the world you live in is perfect and no one ever experiences any hardships. Nepotism isn’t the only reason people get passef over for jobs they are qualified for. But, whatever. Everyone is free to see things there way they choose.

                    • nunya_biz

                      I guess you missed my humor. =)

                    • Ang

                      It doesn’t make sense with my comment …. But then again I didn’t see the humor you saw in Raven’s comment. *shrugs*

                    • nunya_biz

                      *drops mike* exits stage left =)

                  • Masterpieced

                    Not funny, but true.

              • Masterpieced

                You all act like HR is only all white! WE DO HAVE JOBS IN HR NOW!

          • nunya_biz

            No, this discussion is taking place because like the media takes things out of context so do readers.

            A name serves the purpose of identifying you. Like a fingerprint. Do either gain you employment? No, your experience, a bunch of luck and education do.

  • Prosciutto93

    How can she suggest that your name makes you unqualified for a position, one of the best business women I ever met was an NYU graduate named Princess Jenkins, just saying.

    • nunya_biz

      MJ named his sons both Prince.

  • Relada L. Miller

    I’m convinced that RS’s ‘out there’ idealism is based primarily on the fact that she’s a gay brat who NEEDS to be heard. She NEEDS to assure her subconscious that she’s OK. Pitiful.

    • relada is a ghetto name

      your an ugly light skin tho

  • Mike

    I would say it depends on the job. I would totally be discriminatory if I ran an Italian restaurant and threw out a hostess or server resume with the name Lashondra listed at the top. You can’t say that it would be racist or illegal to do that either. You would be preserving the integrity of your product – which is your restaurant and everything associated with it. The food, the atmosphere and any other customer facing aspect.

    • Raze

      No, it does NOT depends on the job!
      If you’re not serving Lashondra for dinner at your fancy Italian restaurant, why should her name be a nuisance?
      Most people don’t even care what’s the name of the host(ess) or waiter or receptionist.
      If Lashondra has the experience, or the drive to learn, why should she be impeded from having a job? You’d complain if she was on welfare, but you’re quick to throw her resume in the trash if she wants a job.

      • Mike

        Because her name is Lashondra and a name is not a protected class. I didn’t say I wouldn’t consider her because she was say, black or female. But because of her name. In some job markets, someone’s name really doesn’t matter. IT, accounting, etc. But it could still depend on if the place you are applying to pushes a “brand” and not just a general service.

        • Raze

          Please tell me you’re joking.
          If you’re pushing a brand, your PRODUCT is what matters, not the names of your faceless employees.
          Your product or brand is not Lashondra the waitress or Lashondra the lawyer. Your product or brand is what you offer, be it lobster thermidor, pasta carbonara or the ability to defend someone in court.

          • Mike

            Have you even heard of Hooters?

            • Raze

              Yes I have. Their product/brand would be waitresses serving food in tight, barely there uniforms. Last time I checked, the patrons still don’t care what the waitresses’ names are, just as long as their uniforms are as miniscule as possible. So what is your point?

              • Mike

                Well, I should address your previous comment where you said, “If you’re pushing a brand, your PRODUCT is what matters, not the names of your faceless employees”.
                That’s not true, your employee base can be as much of a part of the brand as the product you sell or service you provide. Everything that faces the customer can be a part of that brand image you try to keep. In pretty much all cases with a restaurant, the employee is definitely representative of the brand. That’s what happens when you put on that uniform.

                • Masterpieced

                  You are REALLY pushing hard to not hire LASHONDRA!

        • Miss M

          Mike, you just said the name Lashondra would be a deal breaker due to your own words “I would totally be discriminatory if I ran an Italian restaurant and threw out a hostess or server resume with the name Lashondra listed at the top. You would be preserving the integrity of your product – which is your restaurant and everything associated with it. The food, the atmosphere and any other customer facing aspect.” Tell me Mike, are you posting with or without the hood and sheet? The name DOEs NOT define her work credentials!

          • Mike

            I totally agree that her name does not define her work credentials. What is does define is a certain culture and/or part of society that is not commonly associated with, for the sake of continuity, my hypothetical italian restaurant. As a business owner or brand manager you have to think what your target demographic will usually expect from your brand – but more importantly what you want to make up your brand.

    • Akemata

      So, only Italians can be employed at an Italian restaurant? That’s ludicrous.

    • Masterpieced

      And, if you had a Soul Food restaurant, would you throw out the resume’ that said, Vinnie?

  • Green Glory

    Raven is young and a lot more ignorant than she realizes. On that same episode, she said that people should have the right to Taser suspected shoplifters. Last year, she agreed with a man who compared Michelle Obama to an ape. She should not be on the View.

    • Ang

      She’s not young. She’s two months away from being 30.

    • Lynn Williams

      she should go back to clown school, and call her buddy bill

    • Masterpieced

      How can we call for her job???!!!

  • C S

    Raven Symone is so dumb and is in that same pattern that has her falling into her beliefs on her same sex lifestyle.

  • ebaiden

    my childhood memory…..
    so this is how little girls felt when hanna montana became….. a nonhuman.

  • SunDa Marie Simmons

    RAVEN IS A MENTAL MIDGET! FROM EVERY CONTINENT SHE THINK SHE’S FROM!

  • Lexi23

    “Anyone with a name that even remotely speaks to their African roots has probably wondered at one time or another if hiring managers toss their résumés based solely on the fact that they’re Black.” I think it is important to point out that the names that black people make up for their children have NO African roots. And, if black people did give their children actual “africanized” names, the results would probably be different. It seems that foreign black people or first borns of immigrant black persons have a less difficult time in the work place or in society in general. Names like Shaundrika and Alizayah creates ideas about a person’s background demographic. Is it fair, no, but it is a reality that you have to circumvent. Why make things harder for yourself when you know the world doesn’t adapt as fast as you can?

    • DiscoRobot

      I made this point below. There is nothing African about those names at all.

    • Raze

      Oh honey, please.
      You can circumvent as much as you want, but people will still find an excuse to deem your name to be too ghetto.
      Shaundrika and Alizayah may not be African, but Asha, Amina and Faizah are, and chances are, your resume will still wind up in the trash bin. Even names like Jasmin and Tyrone are deemed too ghetto these days, and they’re originally non-black names.

      • raze is ghetto too

        they are ghetto your just a dumb n*gger

      • DiscoRobot

        Asha, Amina, and Faizah are pretty. Shaundrika and Alizayah are UGGGGGLY and awkward.

        • Raze

          To you. Someone else might think they’re pretty.
          I think the name Don is ugly, but apparently, tons of people out there do not.

          • DiscoRobot

            Oh come on. Shaundrika? It sounds like something you season chicken with.

            • Raze

              No, it does not, and I don’t even know how you came to that idea.

        • Masterpieced

          Wow. Self hating much?

      • Lexi23

        Well, if you feel you’re defeated no matter what, why even try? Your reasoning goes against what’s evident because there are plenty of black people in the the work place. They’ve given you the advice; do what you please with it.

      • Masterpieced

        You assume that blacks are NOT in HR!!!

    • Belle707

      I agree, these are not African names that reflect African roots by any means. However, they would probably still come with a bit of scrutiny. Studies that have been done on the perception of ethnic sounding names doesn’t start or stop with the African diaspora. Asians in Canada have the same issue. South Asians in America have also been discriminated against because of their names. So in essence, someone named, Imani–both an African and African-American name–may still be discriminated against just as an Indian named Aishwarya might be. It’s sad, really.

    • Masterpieced

      No, I would not give my child a random name BUT I have been in HR on hiring teams. I have been tasked with looking at resume’s and deciding who to call in to interview. I sought after black folk as my job had too many Hispanics and whites. SO, there are blacks in HR who will not be turned off by a name.

  • verbatim613

    She’s waging a war on black people. I thought black lives mattered.

    • nunya_biz

      hilarious

      • verbatim613

        I’ll be here every Tuesday on open-mic night. Thanks for coming.

        • nunya_biz

          see you next Tuesday =)

  • tleeg

    Okay…kill me…but Shaniqua? DaMondre…what the hell? Somebody sits around and makes up names that sounds ridiculous. We’re so lucky White Trash don’t do that..or we’d have names like LaTrailer, Foodstamper, JSpringer, Alwayssaveua,Walmarterella…….sorry DaQuishalamone

    • Raze

      ALL NAMES ARE MADE UP! Other than names for birds and flowers, do you use most names in your regular vocabulary?

      • DiscoRobot

        Some names have historical references or context. Or they’re simple sounds, for practical reasons. And then some names, basically made up after 1950, are packed full of vowels, nonsense hyphens/apostrophes……..

        • Raze

          They might have historical references and context, but they’re still names people thought up and gave a meaning.
          It doesn’t makes them any different than those created post 1950s

      • Ugonna Wosu

        Those names have meaning. I don’t know what some of those AA names mean

    • DiscoRobot

      Walmarterella….it’s beautiful!

  • Ugonna Wosu

    Those names have nothing to do with African roots. Stop saying falsehoods if you want me to give your article any attention. You can’t complain about someone’s ignorance, and be ignorant yourself. It’s African American roots.
    My name, Ugonna Wosu, speaks to African roots.

    That said, I have heard AA comics, and commenters online make fun of those kind of names. They get laughs,but when Raven does it, she’s crucified?

    • Masterpieced

      Those comics have black audiences not on white, national tv.

  • B Smith

    Ah. Raven-Symone’ is a ghetto name. It’s needlessly hyphenated, misspelled and has a superfluous accent mark that doesn’t correlate with the pronunciation of her name. I’m thinking she needs to resign her job since she clearly can’t do it with a ghetto name like that.

    • Lexi23

      Raven-Symone is not a ghetto name. And, Symone is not misspelled; it is french in origin. Her name is the equivalent of Mary-Kate, Lauren-May, John-Paul, Lisa-Marie, etc. They all are unnecessarily hyphened in my opinion.

      • Ugonna Wosu

        Raven is an actual word, at least. We know what it is and it’s beautiful. At least name her something from another language,which has meaning. What does shaniqua mean?

        • Lexi23

          I honestly don’t harp to much on these names lacking origin because at the end of the day, words themselves are made up and assigned meaning by man. It’s more of the backstory that is created when you hear stories like Shaniqua. Most people SUBCONSCIOUSLY think of a low-income household, poverty stricken community, poor educational system, single family upbringing, etc, when they hear the name Shaniqua. It can be the FURTHEST thing from the true. But society has created stereotypes that influence how people perceive and interact with each other. It is human nature. And while we want people to be more tolerant and open minded, it is not likely that we are going to reprogram the minds of the majority, and I don’t think it is necessary either. There are some truth in stereotypes, and someone it shapes our common sense.

        • Masterpieced

          Why are you fighting so hard on this?

  • Why do I think she was only hired to gin up conversation by saying ridiculous stuff like this. Awe, well . . . . at least we can watch re-runs of Cosby and Hang’n with Mr. Cooper.

  • Jeffrey Walker

    This rooster looking chick has a lotta nerve.

  • bellabee

    Raven, your partner’s name is AzMarie…and on the cast of THAT’S SO RAVEN, I do believe the folks that played your parents were: T’Keyah Crystal Keymah and Rondell Sheridan. So, I guess they were just “lucky” to have been called by anyone, huh? OR better yet, they were just lucky YOU didn’t review their resumes. You’re ridiculous. We should start calling you GetTheEffOuttaHereQuisha!

  • John Hogan

    That’s no problem, they don’t want to work anyway.

  • DiscoRobot

    People….Raven Symone is not a hiring manager. Do not be so sensitive. I doubt she’s even serious, they way she said it was such a joke. I think her point is those names are stupid.

    • Masterpieced

      Her words WILL or MAY influence future hiring managers who watched that segment.

  • NOTHINGBUTTHETRUTH

    Raven is absolutely pathetic. Her sick attempt to remain relevant is so stupid.

    • Lynn Williams

      clown school

  • txgator15

    The author of this article is racist. Just because someone dare go against the current PC storm…Well Whoopi-dee-do…guess she gets her black card pulled now.

  • Shane Black

    So if a black person named Kaepectate, Milkofmagnesia, Peptobismol, Emetrol, Deshawn, or Air-rick wanted to work for her they’d be out of luck? What is this world coming to?

    • Don’t forget Gonnorheesha and Klamydia!

  • tomay

    If your mom named you those names she is an idiot…. most of these names are NOT AFRICAN
    they are made up nonsense- and are generally given to those that are “living a ghetto lifestyle”
    is this fair???? maybe not…. but the world is not fair and if its more important to be named tatanka, or shyquonda or some other foolish thing then you will have to live with that your whole life and suffer the consequences

    • Ugonna Wosu

      Thank you. They aren’t African.

  • bob adams

    Raven Simone sounds like a ghetto name.

  • 9Talesin9

    Would you hire a lawyer to work for you if her name was Tyqueshikia, granted she could’ve graduated top of her class and that class could’ve been at Yale or Harvard, but you don’t know all that when you’re in need of legal counsel, And yes I’m black but that would be a game changer for me if I needed legal counsel.

    • Raze

      So instead, you’d rather go with a lawyer named Mike who has lost 10 cases in a row. Simply because you assume that he’s better.
      Okay. You do you.

      • 9Talesin9

        Yup, I’m with Mike all the way, and I guess you would go with Tyqueshikia, I say guess because you didn’t say you would, you were just tearing me down, so, do you want a lawyer named Tyqueshikia or not ?

        • Masterpieced

          No one would know her name.

    • Masterpieced

      Yet Condoleeza for Bush was okay. Oh and Barack for President?

      • 9Talesin9

        If Barack is a hood rat name to you, then I just can’t even. Condeleeza or Tyqueshikia, I’d pic Condoleeza

        • Masterpieced

          FOOL! I am saying that Condoleeza, Barack and Oprah all have unusual names YET they are a the top of the game.

          • 9Talesin9

            IDIOT !! ok

            • Masterpieced

              Okay, I stand corrected, I will say, Idiot next time….

          • Amarossa

            If you read Obama’s autobiography, it says he was called Barry from birth…

            • Masterpieced

              Yes, but he was ELECTED as BARACK. His name did not work against him.

    • KB

      I would most definitely hire Tyqueshikia if her reviews and recommendations were good.

  • nessamei

    Raven needs to be nice. Not everyone likes HER name, I’m sure.

  • Ron Douglas

    Once they looked at your resume, they may request to see you Raven, but when you walked in the door, you would be shown that same door as a way to leave. Take a good look at yourself and tell me that most companies would hire someone that looks like you. You are a privileged brat that gets to play dress up every day. Not the same situation for most women of color, or anyone for that matter that has to work for a living.

    • Ugonna Wosu

      She wouldn’t dress like that for an interview, obviously. She’s in show biz, where you can look anyhow you like.

    • DiscoRobot

      psh, you should see some of the women in my office. Not sure how they stay employed with multicolored hair, ripped designer jeans, leopard print spandex pants. It’s cringeworthy.

      • Masterpieced

        You miss the point.

  • MC

    Raven should just sit there for decoration. She shouldn’t say anything.

    • Lynn Williams

      if only

  • Jerome Handy

    Honestly, I see both sides on this. Yes, it’s absolutely true that no one can really control what their parents named them. But, let’s not act like a name is sacred territory, impossible to ever see a need for changing. Robert Lee for example, is a relatively benign name that isn’t completely associated with the southern Confederate general who fought for the dissolution of our country and slavery. But, if your parents name you something that really doesn’t fit….say like Adolf Hitler, Crank Master, Timothy McVeigh, Moon Unit(For those of the internet age, just do a wiki on Moon Unit Zappa for that joke) or perhaps…LaShanaeQuian, you might want to consider a name more fitting of YOU, than what your parents thought.

    It’s the same vein as tattoos; yes, tattoos are a personal expression of yourself. They are who you want to be. Ask a former skinhead, still working to pay for all those laser tattoo removals, exactly how much being themselves once, managed to so wholly distance themselves from everyone ELSE.

    • Raze

      But what if someone LIKES their unusual name?
      I don’t have a common name (my name isn’t ghetto but it ain’t no Tom, Jane and Mary) but I’ve never felt ashamed of my name.
      Why should I have to change my name because of someone’s dumb perception that I’m not good enough for a job based on my name?

      • Jerome Handy

        I’m not saying you should. That would be akin to saying you shouldn’t get a tattoo. If you like it, and are proud OF it, then wear it, flaunt it and don’t be afraid of your name. But by the same turn, you can’t be angry if someone DISLIKES that name. Is it discrimination if you don’t hire Nadine over someone equally qualified, because Nadine was the name of your erstwhile wife who kept a batting score of how many affairs she had while the two of you were married? No. Using a name as the SOLE means of determination of skill or capacity, is wrong.

        But, a name IS an identifier we all have. It’s often the first thing someone learns OF us. And more often than not, that first impression is the one that sticks the longest.

    • Masterpieced

      Robert Lee is okay because it is white.

  • LOSO

    if she showed up looking like she does in that pic most jobs would not hire her.

  • DiscoRobot

    We need to stop pretending “Devonte”, “LaQuisha”, “Deshaun”, etc are “Africanized”. No one in Africa has names like this. These names are exclusive to black American culture.

    • Laylah Lauree

      Your point being?

      • 9Talesin9

        It’s quite obvious what he or she is saying, I guess you have some hood rate names in your family

      • DiscoRobot

        The point is right there. Stop pretending those are “Africanized” names.

        • Laylah Lauree

          If an African in America is naming their child a name it is Africanized. No need to pretend, that is a fact!

          • DiscoRobot

            Sean is an Irish name. Vladimir is a Russian name. Dolph is a German name. Shaniqua is not an African name, so it’s not “Africanized”.

            • Laylah Lauree

              And Shaniqua is African because an African named Shaniqua. And actually Sean is an African name, Europeans stole that like they stole everything else!

              • DiscoRobot

                No. No no no. Sean is Irish and you can learn that just about anywhere. If you are black in America, you are of African descent, but you’re NOT African. That’s like a white hick raised in Alabama by an old American family saying “I’m British”. No, you’re not. You descended from British people, but you’re American.

                To say you’re “African” is co-opting real African culture, which is not the same as black American culture.

                • Laylah Lauree

                  I am African! Sean is an African name. No one descended from the british, all life come from Black life, there is no one real African culture. Many Africans in Africa are just as confused as Africans in America. We are all African period!

                • Laylah Lauree

                  African in America not African-American

    • Ugonna Wosu

      Agreed. It is insulting.

  • Captain Ahab

    if anything, you judge based on actions, not names.

    • Lynn Williams

      her actions are from clown school

  • Alma Mckay

    The name Raven means Black Crow. What’s the difference of being named after a fruit or a bird. Your name is not your character, Bird.

  • nick

    And yet “Raven-Symone” is average….not “Simone”, “SYMONE” preceeded with a hyphen…..LOL

    • Raze

      You forgot the accent on “Symone”

  • LogicalLeopard

    And now, I’m picturing Raven Symone in the voting booth in 2012, puzzled at the choice between “Barack” and “Mitt.” She probably voted Libertarian because dude’s name was “Gary”

    • Ugonna Wosu

      If the name is from an actual language,it is fine.

      • LogicalLeopard

        Why? I mean, seriously, why? Is it the fact that it’s a made up name that’s so offensive? Well, that’s kind of ridiculous, because there are plenty of nice made up names and merged names floating around, and people don’t object to those. If a girl named “Meloryna” shows up, people aren’t going to look at her the same as “Starkeshia”, and BOTH of them are made up.
        It’s not the proununciation either. People most frequently play that game, but I’m still not sure how to pronounce Siobhan (Sha-bAHH?)
        It’s the blackness they read in it. That’s all it is.

        • Will Kelley

          Well black people will throw esha shaketta or onda on the end of anything quick…LOL

        • Masterpieced

          YOU are so right! Siobhan, Mitt, Chase, Cher, Sprite, Noyes …….

      • Masterpieced

        Huh?

    • Masterpieced

      MY POINT! MITT!!!!!!!

  • Stuart Pidasso

    I stopped reading as soon as the name calling started,so I have no idea what this is about since I couldn’t get past the third sentence.

  • TrippyZannyPack

    Somebody need to backhand the fat off this b1tch

  • Selena Phillips

    If Raven comes to a job interview looking like that, she will not get hire. Even some people with “ghetto” names know who to dress for a job interview.

    • Ugonna Wosu

      How do you know she doesn’t?

      • Masterpieced

        Why are you SO for Raven. Do you know she probably will diss you next? lol

    • Will Kelley

      What really struck me is how she said a reference to black names and totally disregarded her own unusual name. She might have her resume tossed too because someone might think it’s ridiculous for someone to be named after a big, black, loud and annoying bird. Just saying!

  • anthony h

    Raven as of late has been displaying behavior that is indicative of mental instability. She is dumb as a box of rocks if she doesn’t think her position on peoples names is not discriminatory, and even illegal. She has said other bigoted things in her recent past, but to sit there in that scandalous Mohawk and say what she said, shows the truth RAVEN REALLY IS CRAZY

    • Ugonna Wosu

      She said its discriminatory herself.

    • Lynn Williams

      crazy clown

  • naynay

    Remember this is the woman who believes that she is not an African-American. She is just another pathetic Black person who thinks that she talks in favor of Whites that it will help her fading career!!

    • Lynn Williams

      smh, i bet the network knows she’s black

  • KB

    I’ll just wait for Crisselle and Kid Fury to address her mess on The Read next week. I don’t even have the words to address this foolishness.

  • Ariel Buchanan-Gilbert

    The more she speaks the more I dislike her. Everything she is stupid and uneducated. I don’t even watch the view.

  • Alyssa Simmons

    Let’s be honest, studies had been made to point Raven’s point. I read an article about African-American male with education, experiences, and credentials wasn’t receiving call backs from submitting out resumes. So the individual decided to submit his resumes with his first initial and full last name. With those changes, he was being called for interviews and received several job offers!!!

    • Ariel Buchanan-Gilbert

      So your saying its okay to discriminate someone who had no choice to what his or her name is.

    • LogicalLeopard

      So, while we’re being honest, is that fair? I mean, to me the solution is not, “Don’t name your kids this,” it’s, “Recognize your prejudices.”
      If you get a resume from Tarkeshia, why is she any less qualified than Mary? And how do you feel about Apple? Or Siobhan? Or Stanislav? Some people would be intrigued by the last few names, but repulsed by Tarkeshia. And it’s no less difficult than the last two. It’s just bias, rooted in racism.

      • nunya_biz

        It is rooted in perception, this episode was done in humor, see how many automatically pull the race card. Geez, whatever happened to humor, laughter, comedy, everything is not as serious as perceived. sheeessshhh lmao =) =)

        • LogicalLeopard

          Did you watch the clip? She does NOT look like she’s joking! *L* I mean, she giggles, but she is SERIOUS. Now, look, if she’s up in front of a microphone telling zingers, I’d go with you all day. “Hahahaha, Watermelona!” No, that child is serious.

          • nunya_biz

            I did see the whole show and thought it was funny. Thought her comment was hilarious and a joke. I tell my funniest jokes, stories when I have a straight face.

            • LogicalLeopard

              That may be true. I can concede that it MIGHT be a joke, but….yeah, I don’t think she was joking. *LOL* And I’m not a Raven hater by any means, I think she just is who she is. I don’t agree with many of her positions, but they’re shaped by her upbringing and surroundings just like mine are. That being said….she meant it. *straight face* *L*

              • nunya_biz

                *insert winky emoticon here* ~N~ ♥

              • Lynn Williams

                it’s clown school, and bill that made her this way. she can’t help her dumbass

                • LogicalLeopard

                  Poor girl…..clown school? *LOL*

        • Will Kelley

          Racism is a touchy subject. We as black people have joked about some of the names we are given…Don’t even try to lie and say you have never criticized a “Quimessha or Laquanda for their hood sounding names. The issue is not their names, but how they are treated because of it. Do I think the so called ghetto names are pretty? Some actually are to me. Some are totally ridiculous. People have biases and unfortunately, Tershonda, Johnson, might get her resume tossed. The bias is what needs to be changed first. The false perception that anyone is any better than someone else, because of name, color of their skin or social standing. That’s what’s GHETTO! Hopefully, the weird names will STOP. Some kids are really ridiculed because of their parents choice of names for them.

    • Ang

      That doesn’t justify it.

    • nunya_biz

      There is nothing African, nor do these names have any African influence… lmaooo

    • Masterpieced

      She said it on national tv to an audience of whites THAT is the difference.

  • Summer’s End

    Oh… like her name is not Ghetto?! Right.

    • Ugonna Wosu

      It’s more hippie than ghetto.

      • smarty

        Hippie and ghetto is different how both have negative connotations attached to them.

      • Lynn Williams

        more clown than anything

      • Masterpieced

        So hippie (drug parentage) is better? Please this is an argument that we have. YOU may have just come here and do to even really know the fight. Stop and just listen.

  • nunya_biz

    Oh please people, she was being funny, came across as funny, twas a joke. I’ll tell you where the joke was, with the parents who chose ridiculous names for their children. Get over yourselves.

    • Ang

      You know they say jokes are a way of saying how you really feel….

    • guest

      I didn’t see the clip but I assumed and I’m hoping she was being facetious. She can’t be that ignorant.

      • Ang

        Unfortunately, I think she is. And why was her example of a “ghetto” black name “watermelonisha”?

        • nunya_biz

          Because it’s funny

          • Ang

            Right, I guess the reference to a black stereotype is coincidental….not my type of humor.

            • nunya_biz

              Episode,also made mention of other silly names parents name their children ie, Apple… no stereotype just silliness. Loosen up people, everything is not negative. The View is entertainment and OPINION not fact! =)

              • Ang

                We’re discussing her opinion not facts.

                • nunya_biz

                  You are sharing yours as I am sharing mine.
                  Laugh, get mad, but we both gotta get over it.

                  • Ang

                    I don’t have anything to get over lol.

                    • nunya_biz

                      I’ll drink to that =)

              • Masterpieced

                Innocuous. Seems innocent, but not…

            • Will Kelley

              Mine either. I was like “wait did I just read watermelonisha?”

            • Lynn Williams

              it’s from her years in clown school

              • Ang

                Lol

          • Laylah Lauree

            It really isn’t

      • nunya_biz

        yes she can, but yes she was being silly, facetious and making light of it. I mean there are many people with some off the wall names.

        • Gemini83

          Can you please stop saying clown?? Is that the only clever retort you can think of? Give it a rest. It’s not funny anymore.

          • nunya_biz

            Clown, clown, clown, clown – no one used that as a retort. Think you may be in need of a nap.

      • Lynn Williams

        clown school

        • Gemini83

          Stop saying clown!!!!!

    • LogicalLeopard

      Ridiculous names? Like Raven-Symone? That’s kind of ridiculous. *LOL* It may have been a joke, but I think there’s some truth to it. Many people would toss aside an application because of a person’s name, which is shallow and ridiculous.

      • nunya_biz

        I would not discount an applicant because of their name. I would get a chuckle if Ms. Apple Sauce applied for a job. It is parents issue and their offspring’s dilemma, no more no less.

        • LogicalLeopard

          Nor should anyone discount someone because of their name. But from the way she said it, she said it with a chuckle later, but it seems like she was dead serious about her intent. And that’s just wrong. It’s like she hasn’t even looked at her first name.

          • Ang

            You both her first names? lol

            • LogicalLeopard

              *LOL* Yeah, I’m not sure how that works with a hypen. I mean, is it one name or two? Or both? Three names? *LOL*
              All I gotta say is this – if you are filling out a scantron test for the first time, and you have to raise your hand and ask the teacher what to do about the hypen in your name or the apostrophe, you MIGHT have a ghetto name. *LOL* Nouveau Ghetto.

      • txgator15

        I have been in HR and related fields for 37 years and have never once seen anyone garbage can a resume because of thier name. Now someone named watermelonisha may have gotten thier resume tossed, but did you stop and look at thier qualifications or did that person who tossed it, yell out “Damned ghetto named person be going into the trash”? I think many of those people on here are either full of sh&^, lying or are making assumptions.

        • LogicalLeopard

          Well, you said that you’ve worked in HR and related fields. I think we’re more thinking of places that might not have human resource departments, smaller establishments that may just have one person in charge. Making assumptions? If so, the assumptions are most likely based on anecdotal stories and studies that have been done on this subject. For the record, I have a so called “ghetto name,” and I don’t think I ever had it held against me. But then again, I applied to criminal justice related entities, which had human resource departments and personnel of all colors. And names. I’ve had it pretty easy in that respect, but I think others might have issues depending on the jobs they apply at.

          • Ang

            When they discriminate based on name its usually because they don’t want to hire blacks at all not just blacks with certain names (happens to other minorities too). That’s why it is always going to be a case by case (or company by company issue). You’re dealing with individuals at the company.

            • LogicalLeopard

              Exactly. I think we need to dispense with the nonsense on this issue. It’s not because it’s hard to pronounce. It’s not because customers/clients find it hard to pronounce. It’s not because it’s unusual. It’s because it’s black. And if they don’t throw it out right away, and interview you, they’re going to be looking at you through the lens of their prejudices. And that doesn’t mean that they are outright bigots; they can interview a black Sharon and a black Shaniqua and think, “I dunno….Shaniqua didn’t seem very….polished to me. lets go with Sharon” Not because of anything she did in the interview, but because it was filtered through their mental image of the “ghetto” black person. And they might think Sharon is “my kind of black person.”

            • Masterpieced

              Funny at black expense. Why could not she use Snowflake or Cher as an example?

        • Ang

          So that means it doesn’t happen anywhere?

    • Mrs.J

      What people name their kids is the least of people’s worries.America has way more important things it should be worrying about.

  • EEEE’NOUGHSAID

    The red “Crow” that called the bird black. Smh Raven. Where is your cultural appreciation?

    • Will Kelley

      You mean the red rooster?

  • Mrs.K

    Every continent in Africa? Lol! Africa is ONE continent with SEVERAL countries within it. Anyways she is entitled to her opinion…she has had a very blessed and easy life so judging others comes naturally.

  • With my name being what it is, I have definitely had to be a bit discreet when writing resumes and applying for jobs. I go by my middle name ALWAYS when job searching. It’s sucky, and it’s bull-shit. I would HOPE that if a person from my own group happened upon me, and saw my name, they wouldn’t be so put off by it that they wouldn’t even go on to read about my accomplishments and qualifications. Raven is whitewashed and foolish.

    • twilisha is ghetto

      your name is stupid though an you are ghetto since your lips are blue

    • Lynn Williams

      and a clown

  • THE TRUTH

    Ms. Raven is too much! but she do have a point there! most people with “Ghetto” names have a stigma behind it…and honestly the name do fit…and 9 out of ten they are GHETTO with a stank attitude to go with it, otherwise they would not be name such ridiculous name.

    LADIES STOP NAMING YOU KIDS “GHETTO” NAMES

    • HJB

      No. She doesn’t have a point. You just agree with what she said, and are also wrong.

      “Otherwise they would not be name such ridiculous name” – Did you even think or read that?
      Their name is given to them first.

      • txgator15

        in this context I think Point=Opinion and its valid whether anyone agrees with it or not.

    • Laylah Lauree

      “But she do have a point there”? No, actually she doesn’t! I could see her saying she wouldn’t hire someone who can’t use proper vernacular, but a name? Her perspective is ludicrous. This woman is named after a bird, and has the audacity to criticize the names of others. Raven is a controlled puppet who is saying what her handler is telling her to say. LADIES NAME YOUR CHILDREN AS YOU SEE FIT! She can be sued for discrimination so she may want to stop with her ignorant comments.

      • Will Kelley

        Personally, I feel the ghetto names should stop, Some of your spellings are even comical. I don’t think anyone should be blamed for the name their parents gave them, because they have no say so in the matter, But, the ridiculous names need to go….NOW and take the weaves and wigs with em.

    • Mrs.J

      You can’t even speak properly or spell correctly.”But she do should be but she does.

  • Kangaroo Ahn

    What do you expect from someone who was raised by Bill Cosby.

    • Lynn Williams

      and attending university of clown

  • Henny615

    now if someone on the panel said they wouldn’t hire someone for acting in a stereotypical “gay” manner she’d be outraged. but a name, which you have no control over, she’s fine with discriminating on that basis. sad thing is she realizes she’s fueling people already looking for a reason to discriminate in the 1st place.

  • Unavailable

    This coming from one of the ugliest human beings on the planet, and I don’t just mean her personality. Looks like a damn vulture.

    • nunya_biz

      relevance?

      • Unavailable

        point?

      • Unavailable

        Sorry, I thought we were playing “synonyms”.

    • TrippyZannyPack

      Lmao u killed it, she looks exactly like a damn vulture lol

    • Lynn Williams

      clown

  • Ang

    The irony is that she said her parents put alot of thought into her name and the spelling because they wanted her to have a unique name that stood out.

  • Ang

    She is trying her best to one up Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

  • PattyMayo

    She thrives on being annoying!!! No one has control over what their parents decide to name them. So basically names like Laqwanda and Shonte are far too black right? Meanwhile, celebrities are naming their children Apple, Ipad and Samsung but you’re throwing shade???? I honestly feel bad for her, she is so simple minded that she doesn’t even realize she is apart of the problem. #HaveASeatRaven #ThatPart

    • Lynn Williams

      just let her back in clown school.

  • WeekzGod

    Shameful….I really think there should be a black media black out of certain people. We can’t let certain people affect us, be part of us.
    Don Lemon: *says dumb stuff*
    Black Media: Doesn’t cover it
    White person: Did you hear what Don Lemon says? What do you think?
    Black person: What did he say?
    White person: *exasperated because you dont know what the “prominent” black guy says* He said *fucked up thing*
    Black person: Oh? That happened? For shame. *walks away nonchalantly and unbothered*

  • Cleveland Cutie

    Raven-Symoné – with a hyphen and accent mark…BISH BYE!!

  • Totally85

    I really hate that people come up and judge people for their names. My logic is that black people came to America and their original, culturally significant names were taken away and they had to take on the names of the families that owned them. And somewhere along the line black people decided to come up with original or unique names. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It seems to happen so often that whenever black people try to come up with something new or original it’s deemed trashy or ghetto. I’m just as much for the -ieshas and quans and I am for the “Apples” and Di cks of the world.

  • Meanwhile Raven-Simone is a black-sounding name. It’s ghetto to ME.
    I don’t tend to discriminate on people by name — I have a business, so I have hiring-firing power.
    When I was in the corporate world I saw it happen — I know I only got the job because my name is Rebecca and I sound white on the phone.
    Once I Was hired I saw them throw resumes in the trash with black-sounding names on them.
    So now that I’m out on my own — I refuse to do people like that.

    • Joyful

      In the corporate world, it can hurt you or stop you from getting interviews if you have a name that sounds “Black” or “ghetto”…not the same thing. That is not right, but it happens.

    • Mrs.J

      Good for you.That’s why Asians and East Asians have their ethnic name and choose an American name I guess.I wouldn’t care about the name though just if they were qualified or not.

    • Masterpieced

      Sound white?

      • Is that statement hard to understand?
        Is it a phrase that is foreign to you?
        …I ask because while it’s not a phrase I use, others have used it toward me and I know EXACTLY what they’re talking about, no matter how backward they sound when they say it.
        So — do you know what I’m talking about??

        • Masterpieced

          I just am glad that you do not buy into it. I sound educated when I speak.

          • I sound how Rebecca sounds when she speaks. lol How others analyze it is up to them and their own minds.

  • Jillian Hodo

    I really dislike her!

    • so

      nobody cares.

      and neither will you in five days when you move on to the next thing.

  • notadailycaller

    The View requires at least one panel member to be the moron that asks stupid questions.

    • txgator15

      Usually whoopity-do-da

  • CB3

    Yes because Raven is such a classy name….riiight.

    • Sunny

      Raven-Symone. With an accent mark no less.

      • LogicalLeopard

        EXACTLY!
        Or, exactlé….

        • nick

          lol

        • CLE1978

          You win the internet today

          • LogicalLeopard

            *LOL* Thank you!

    • Selena Phillips

      Raven is classy name alright. A name after a bird no less. She gives the this type of bird a bad reputation with her stupidity.

      • Lynn Williams

        wish she would fly back to clown school!

    • nick

      Not just Raven, but “Raven-Symone”…..oh okay…lol

      • RareE

        You mean Raven-Symone’ (you forgot the accent lol)

        • ebaiden

          Ray van see monay!

  • Lex

    Girl…

  • cryssi

    I’m pretty sure she thrives and feeds off of stirring up controversy.

    She takes being a little twit to new levels. She’s basically the black colorless Miley Cyrus.

    • Totally85

      Lol @ black colorless.

    • Lynn Williams

      no she’s not even close to miley. she’s a clown!

  • Raze

    So people who don’t have “common” names should be punished?
    They should be barred from making a life for themselves simply because of something as superficial as their name?
    I’m not so sure if Raven is trolling or serious, but she’s really starting to piss me off.
    She seems to forget that once upon a time (and even now) tons of people were barred from getting a decent job or fired because they had a strike against them: they were gay, les, bi or trans.
    She should thank the lord that the world is more progressive and that her (fading) star power can still land her a job as a talk show host, otherwise she’d be a washed-up nobody by now.

    • Akemata

      Actually, it still legal to discriminate and to fire LGBT people. She is such a silly bird-brained person.

      • Melly Carter

        Where? At least not in California.

        • Luis de la Vega

          Some places in Michigan. I was there last week and it’s still the case.

        • RareE

          Not anywhere. It’s illegal in every state now.

      • Jacarap

        Its NEVER been legal to fire someone based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, etc. I work in HR, and if someone was fired or discriminated again based on any of the above in the workplace, they have a lawsuit on their hands and owe the EEOC a call. No matter what a company says. There is a difference between at will employment and discrimination and firing based on someone’s preferences or lifestyle. Thats NOT legal.

        • Joyful

          Absolutely not legal. If you want to fire someone, you better come up with something else, including age. What you can get away with….an employment lawyer once told me it is not against the law to be a bi*&%. Only against the law to call somebody one.

        • HJB

          It is a state by state law. It is entirely legal in FL and OH among other places unless the HR policy explicitly states otherwise.

          • RareE

            No it’s not. It illegal in every state, BUT on a city by city basis. Some cities haven’t caught up yet, but there is always a loophole to where they will get sued for discriminating and they will lose.

        • Akemata

          The Civil Rights law to which you may be referring does not include sexual orientation, it includes sex discrimination. LGBT advocates are fighting to have it explicitly included. Some courts and the EEOC have interpreted the laws to include protection for LGBT, but advocates say they want legislation to specifically forbid discrimination. There are laws on the books in many states that forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation. That is correct.

          • LogicalLeopard

            You jumped in with that before I did. I remember being trained on that, and they did mention that Sexual Orientation wasn’t included.

            • RareE

              It’s in there. Stop spreading falseness. It’s been included since 2009. We just tested on it this year and last year and the year before that etc.

              • LogicalLeopard

                Sorry, I should have mentioned that my training on this subject occurred in probably 2002 or 2003. Jacarp said that it’s NEVER been legal to fire someone based on sexual orientation (among other things), and the first thing I thought about was that it hasn’t always been there. I should have been more specific, and said, “I remember being trained on that about twelve years ago.”

          • RareE

            Yes it does. It’s been in there since 2009. We have to test on it every year. It’s in there. It specifically includes LGBT (it’s an addendum) and sexual orientation. The problem is, is that it’s hard to prove that’s why they were fired.

            • Akemata

              Where? Provide a link. There is no federal statute prohibiting employment discrimination against LGBT, only state laws

      • RareE

        No, it’s actually illegal everywhere. They’ve been added to their constitution re: discrimination. You just don’t have many who knows it and/or pursues it once it happens.

    • Lynn Williams

      she’s washed up to me. even clown school refresher course can’t help her. better call bill.

  • Terri X

    I used to be a fan of hers…she is such a sellout!!! You are still a house N*GGA in the white man’s eyes, RAVEN!!!!!!

    • txgator15

      No she’s not. While I may not agree with her, she certainly has the right to her opinion. Thats what so many democrats fail to understand. They blindly march in lockstep. And that means both politically, socially and emotionally. Thier battle cry is freedom of speech as long as you agree with us.

      • Terri X

        I stand by what I say. NEXT!

      • Raze

        She’s free to express her opinion, and we’re free to tell her that she dun goofed.
        That’s how expressing yourself work.

      • lol

        wait till they split like those nuts in the tea party.

        now THAT will something to laugh at.

    • RareE

      She was never even that!!!!

      • Terri X

        OK? And I’ll tell you, too. I STAND BY WHAT I SAY!!! I’ll just give her enough rope to hang herself because sooner or later, she will say the wrong thing on that show and she won’t have a choice but to go and hide for a while. NEXT!

        • Terri is a hoodrat

          do you have a man though? NO!

          • Terri X

            BISH, what does that have to do with this d*mn topic? Get your foolish a** on someone. You don’t want to take it there with me, BEAST!

          • Terri X

            Maybe you need a D*CK in your mouth so you can STFU!!! HOODRAT!

        • Lynn Williams

          i can’t wait till she goes back to clown school.

    • Lynn Williams

      CLOWN

    • lol

      not black enough eh?

      • Terri X

        Doesn’t matter anymore now…we no longer have any dealings with her and the ignorance that comes with it…she’s no longer a factor!!! #NEXT

  • Taz

    African roots lol. Most of these ghetto names has nothing to do with Africa. Yet, I do think discrimination based on name is bad.

    • guest

      Agree. Discrimination is bad, but there is nothing African about some of the names in our community.

      • folamix

        I think you would be surprised to know how many names can be traced to similar sounding names in African culture. People may not know the roots of the names but there have been documented studies of the similarities in African names and some names in the AA community.

    • CB Terry

      “Most of these ghetto names has nothing to do with Africa.” – And I’m sure you have studied African language as a discipline in order to present this conjecture?

      • thedast

        As a born and bred African who is familiar with a few of the languages, I can assure you that a lot of Africans from different countries feel the same way whenever we hear some of these AA names. You almost instantly know which are made up. Call yourself what you want, but don’t make up names and pretend it’s more than it is.

        • Masterpieced

          If you were born in Africa, then ALL American names should sound strange to you.

        • CB Terry

          Interesting how my comment linking an academic study of the link between African linguistic sounds and ‘ebonic’ names went unposted….

          • enlightenment

            That’s just because links are not allowed here. Just put (dot) instead of ” . ” in the url and it should go through.

    • lol

      african americans are basically hipsters in native africans eyes.

    • Totally85

      I think that names that are traditionally African American should still be fine and respected because we were taken away from our culture and had to try to carve a semi-new one here in America. The reason traditionally black names are seen as ugly is because they’re being compared to white names and since they’re different they’re deemed ghetto, ugly, etc.

      • Taz

        But they are ghetto and ugly compared to anything. African,arabic,asian, whatever….maybe you havent heard terrible ones butI have and they are sad

  • JIYKS

    Pure ignorance……Or just looking for attention

    • guest

      Yeah she’s definitely trolling for attention but she is also filled with a lot of self hate. It’s a shame, I wish I could separate them from the characters they played on the show but between her and Bill they’ve ruined my all time favorite show.

      • petuniababi

        For real.It’s hard to separate beloved characters with their obnoxious real selves.Even before this rape scandal i never cared for Cosby.He was always so arrogant and know it all.

      • Lynn Williams

        she can’t help herself, clown school, and bill cosby made her like this.

  • Really?!

    HA!!!! Bawahahah, the author of this article last paragraph is hilarious! Thank you for summing up Toucan Sam’s bird brain comments. As if her name is race-neutral, ha please!

  • Trini_Angel

    I DIDN’T KNOW PEOPLE STILL WATCHED THE VIEW……ESPECIALLY AS SHE’S NOW PART OF IT!!! WE ALL KNOW HER PURPOSE ON THAT SHOW……JUST IGNORE HER!!

    • LogicalLeopard

      I think people are only watching the View at this point because they’re stuck at the doctor’s office or they’re intentionally looking for article fodder from Raven’s mouth. *L*

    • petuniababi

      Someone should tell her that some people “discriminate”against loud mouthed,know it all lesbians also.

  • Guest360

    Now I know they hired her with the sole person to drum up controversy. Who says this crap? I’m not one to think “ghetto” names are cute but I think any person that DISCRIMINATES (which is illegal) someone based on a characteristic they just can’t control, like their name, you are the one with issues and probably shouldn’t be in charge. Raven, have a seat please.

    • JIYKS

      Really who says this crap??????

    • JesAguy

      You may think that personnel people don’t look at certain names as undesirable, but in reality they do. They also look at zip codes for areas that they know are heavily African American.

      • Bronxgirl181

        Never thought about the zip code aspect! Thanks for the heads up!

      • Guest360

        That’s shameful.

    • Laura Isaacs

      Trust me when I say that there are hiring managers who won’t even entertain hiring someone with an “ethnic” name. There are even companies that will eliminate resumes if the person has certain letters in the name (Z and Q are two that come to mind immediately, but I’m sure there are others). It’s illegal but since you don’t even know that’s why you didn’t get called, there’s not a whole lot that can be done about it.

      • Guest360

        So that makes it ok to do just because it’s common practice? That was my only point. I know it happens. Of course it does which is why I don’t intend to give my children “ghetto” names. What I take issue with is people like Raven who state they willfully discriminate. As if that’s something be proud of. It’s shameful to hold someone’s name against them as if they chose it.

        • Lynn Williams

          she just talks to hear herself talk, that’s what clown school did for her.

    • Lynn Williams

      and please raven go back to clown school. and btw, call somebody who cares, like bill cosby.

  • jazmine

    sitting there looking like foghorn leghorn.

    • Taz

      Foghorn my fav. He’s a pretty cool stepdad

      • Does everything ahve to be about race?!

        I am sick, sick, sick, sick, sick of the word “racist” being thrown around so carelessly. We can not spend our lives worrying and thinking all day long about racism. While I know many make it their career and use it to gain fame and fortune, most of us must live our lives by taking care of bills, chores, necessities, children, making a living and those things that comprise living a life.

        I have to worry about my rent ($1000/month), health insurance ($310/month), internet ($80/month from TWC), car insurance ($25/month from InsurancePanda), and phone ($20/month from mobile)… all on a 40k/year salary. Many people struggle much worse than I do.

        We can not concentrate 24 hours a day on scurrilous attacks on our character that we are racist. Stop giving those that ferment trouble attention or publicity. Learn to get along with others and show respect to your fellow man and do not engage in conversation or argument with those who are indeed racist – the haters, the malcontents – and want only to divide us.

        • Taz

          Whatttt? I only said I like foghorn. Y u reply2 me?

          • jazmine

            That’s one of those people that go from black site to black site complaining about people complaining about racism, even though not one comment on our thread is doing so.

            • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

              lol somebody stupid

          • Lou Wills

            Something is wrong with her too! I think she made a mistake commenting to your comment and if she didn’t make a mistake then she maybe a little CRAY CRAY! LOL!

        • CB Terry

          next time you feel inclined to express such thoughts about such topics, keep it to yourself; bite your tongue, walk away. you are entering an argument which you are not prepared for, which you do not understand.

        • Ang

          PEOPLE DONT FEED THE TROLLS.

          • James Ricks

            Amen she does look like a troll, my little nephew and niece brought one over to my house. I threw it in the trash. Yeah she got the look!

        • Gina

          Cut the cable and get Netflix for $7.99 a month. You pay $25 a month for car insurance???? How is that legal? You live in the South? Stop renting and get a condo or a house. Invest in things that appreciate not depreciate in value.

          • RareE

            She must live over in China lol

          • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

            she wanted everybody to know about her bills

        • txgator15

          CB Terry – Look up 1st amendment. You do not own anyone elses opinion and I didnt lose the use of my legs so people like you can tell others what they can or can not talk about.

        • Green Glory

          Of course you are sick of hearing about racism. That’s because you are not a person who has to experience it every day of your life. The problem is, racism is real, and for people who are oppressed, it is a constant pain. people who are fortunate to not have to deal with it, (like you), are typically very insensitive to it and prefer to act as though it does not exist, or they act like people are screaming racism for no reason. So I say, if you can not do anything to help solve the issue, do not pour salt in people’s wounds by belittling the subject.

          • Milla Velocity

            I’m mexican but you dont hear me blaming everyone else and we were slaves too in some cultures and we have been hated on and spoken against. we move on. we do not expect everything to handed to us and believe it or not, we have Afro Mexican culture too. We as a nation in mexico abolished slavery even before YOU in the USA did 30 years prior and by a Black man. So sit down do a cartwheel. not everything needs to be about you, the word racism as it IS used as a card, excuse, and a plight and or that we as other nations and Americans owe you. Time to do a rewind, move on………… thank you.

            • stupid mexican bytch

              shut up you dumb w3tback bytch

            • Lexi23

              Your history in AMERICA is not the same as the history of AFRICAN AMERICANS in America. You aren’t “complaining” because there is no historical blemish that has created long lasting effects of disproportionate wealth, education, power, social progress, etc for Mexicans in America. So don’t tell me sh!t about your perseverance in a land that had NOTHING to do with your oppression. If we didn’t “complain” we’d be chilling with the Native Americans. You see how great that turned out for them. *insert sarcasm* And last time I checked, Mexico f*cking sucks, and that’s why you are all flocking over here in mass numbers. According to your logic, you should keep your ass3s over there and be satisfied with what you have.

              • Lee1

                THANK YOU!!!!! I really can’t with the dumb a**ed trolls on the net. She better pray with all her might that trump doesn’t become prez – cause he has a plan for her and her people.

                • morrow

                  Who are her people, are they the gays?

                  • Lee1

                    I meant Mexican or Mexican-American’s. I have no idea if she’s gay.

                    • morrow

                      It,s no secret she is gay. She goes with some gal with a lots of tatoos amd she looks like a boy. This is public and everyone knows.

                  • S. Wallace

                    I wouldn’t hire her because she is Gay, then she would cry Discrimination

                • Masterpieced

                  I hope he does. It will make it better to be black if they all g back to Mexico.

              • pragmatic maxim

                Mexicans still have their own country to go back to

              • vsweet

                Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrril! You throwed it DOWN! Pa-reach!!!

            • Kiaunta Hubbard

              Your perception is interesting.

            • Phara’s Chile

              But why are you here tho? See this is the craziness of other races. You talk all this Yada Yada about black people but here you are on a BLACK WEBSITE! Why you not over on People en Español?

              • vsweet

                cuz that bish b confused lol

            • Kira Iayne

              Yet Racism manifested through clacism is still a very REAL problem in Mexico still today. You sadly know a little of your own history but you obviously lack sufficient understanding of its context. Individuals have choices over their own actions, but it can only yield certainb outcomes based on the system in which they are actors in. That is, if an individual is in an environment for which the social infrastructure has a higher barrier to succes than another group, yes bothe groups can be sucessful, but one is at a disadvantage…and just because there are a few examples of individuasl from said group who have been sucessful does not negate the fact hat these barriers do exist.

              • vsweet

                School that bish!!! Thank you!

            • Lee1

              Your experience as a Mexican doesn’t have anything to do with being black in america. Yeah, ok you don’t like it when we – on a BLACK WOMAN’s SITE – talk about our issues so why don’t you start a site for Mexican’s. How dare you. No one on here says that “everything is about us”. Just go. If you want to get on a site and b**ch – go to Trump’s – that’s who you need to direct your BS to.

              • vsweet

                Pa-reach!!!!

            • Malik Taylor

              Pretending racism doesn’t exist won’t make it go away Milla. by the way I know some really racist Mexicans so to say they don’t exist is a falsehood.

              With that being said I agree that another person’s ignorance should not impair your ability to succeed. And yet it could. Trevon Martin was killed by a racist. That was certainly life effecting. Even Oprah was kept for purchasing a hand bag in Switzerland because she was black. All of the Republican party in congress has made a point to state they would rather see the U.S. burn first before they ever support a “black president”. Sounds pretty racist to me.

              What racist HATE… to be called a RACIST. They have to be called out EVERY TIME!!!

              • pragmatic maxim

                I agree mostly.
                But no sympathy for Oprah’s plight at Hermés. Absolutely zero fux to give

                • Masterpieced

                  I am glad that it happened and glad that she publicized it.

                • Malik Taylor

                  LOL… I hear ya!!!

            • Sky

              Typical people assuming an entire race is looking for a hand out. I know no one like that in my circle. And please don’t act as if Mexicans appreciate their Afro citizens because I happen to know Mexicans also treat their Afro citizens like s**t too.

            • Red Alize Liddell

              So your point is what exactly?

            • kerry mcgrady

              Comparing Mexican oppression to African oppression is like comparing Watermelons to Oranges.( Literally.) One is HUGE!….The other?…Small and insignificant.

              • dtermniz

                That itself becomes a problem when both groups focus on their current plight being better or worst then another group, when in actuality the focus should be used for understanding among both blacks and Hispanics.

              • Pam Johnson

                The whites killed the Mexicans, tho’, didn’t they?

            • pragmatic maxim

              Hummph…go figure.
              Mexicans are very racist and colorist

              • Pam Johnson

                It’s the European in them.

            • Laylah Lauree

              But if you haven’t noticed EVERYTHING IS ABOUT US! First and last the ONLY indigenous people! I know you carbons get tired of not being relevant, but remember you’re only here because of BLACK people. You’re welcome 🙂

            • Masterpieced

              Why are you here illegally on this site? lol

              • oscardgrouch

                ROTFLMAO! Hilarious.

              • vsweet

                U R Killing me! LOL

            • Obvious

              White Mexicans are as racist to Indigenous and Afro Mexicans as white USAmericans are to Indigenous and African Americans. Difference is Indigenous and Afro Mexicans majorly converse in Spanish, and have a miniscule presence online compared to USA. You need to search them out, and stop talking about their experiences from a silencing position. They suffer economic, social, and political oppression to the extent that they’re treated as badly as if slavery was never abolished. Don’t treat their plight as trivial, or nonexistent.

          • Clarence Fields

            I could not have said it better!

          • Gary Horsey

            you hear dat

        • Milla Velocity

          i agree, seems like people are too uneducated and or love dumbing themselves down in forums and speak on nothing of the topic that makes sense but what do you expect, when one speaks truth.

          • Masterpieced

            Why are you and she here?

        • Darrin Keith Long

          $i000/month rent.? damn girl thats a lot. i bet you the landlords loved tennant.

        • Lexi23

          Well it’s clear you’re indifferent because you don’t have to experience these things as frequently as others do. There are plenty of people being killed by war and famine all over the world. Does it not exist because you and I don’t see it? Or are we too busy to notice because of other “priorities”? Or is it a choice to not acknowledge what you already know is true because it’s easier to do so? Everyone is indifferent to things that don’t concern them. That DOES NOT mean these problems don’t exist. Racism can’t just go away because it is inconvenient for you.

        • Will Kelley

          @bleachzhang:disqus ….Have you ever been black before? Don’t discount something that doesn’t even involve you as something that should be disregarded. You aren’t black, but yet, you seem to be suggesting that persons who have legitimate gripes are playing the race card like so many types, such as yourself, try to use as some sort of excuse for disregarding unfair, unjust treatment of black people. No, we will not stop exposing you racists, who want to sweep racism, under the rug. If you are so sick of the word racist being thrown around as you put it maybe that indicates you’ve been accused of being a racist many times. What do your finances have to do with Raven Symone’s idiotic display of racist views that she proudly displayed for the world to see on national television? You think you have a struggle? Try it in black skin and then tell us how you feel? If you are receiving scurrilous attacks on your character, then obviously you are doing something wrong, such as this ridiculous response you’ve posted. White racists want to stir up race wars, but black people who expose the injustices directed at them are the ones that are accused of playing the race card?You racist are trying to force your hand. You want black people to just accept racism and deal with it because black people don’t what? deserve respect? You have a hard time paying your bills on your $40,000 a year job? Really? I feel so bad for you, but you can’t find an ounce of compassion in your heart, for black people, but except the world to feel compassion for your struggle. This is what you call white entitlement. How does that even make any sense? So, a question….How has your life been directly affected by black person’s exposing racism? Racism isn’t gone, Ir’s alive and well, in fact it’s gotten a lot worse since Obama took office as the President. it’s not something just from the past. But, white people and even some other ethnicities, seem to be trying to argue that racism doesn’t exist and that the claims that black people are making have to be unfounded and frivolous. Get out of here with your bs.

          • Phara’s Chile

            Preach!

          • Cherri65

            YES SIR!! THAT’S HOW YOU TELL THEM OFF! BROTHER YOU’RE DROPPING FACTS THAT BREAK THE HEATHENS BACKS!!

          • Emma

            THIS!! IT’S TRUTHPASTE!

            • vsweet

              “TRUTHPASTE” LMAO

          • vsweet

            Ooooooh, I’m scared of you! EXCELLENT post. Thank you!

        • Daniela Gale

          You are being sarcastic, no? I sure hope so… or else byebye! (you’re embarrassing yourself quite a bit) xx

        • Phara’s Chile

          Sweetheart, you’re on a website geared towards BLACK WOMAN. You wanna spout that we are the world bs, go do it on another site. Cause around here we are going to discuss anything that we want to everyday, that includes racism 24/7 if we choose too, you don’t like it head over to Good Housekeeping.

          • Cherri65

            THAT’S RIGHT!!!!!

        • shakin steak

          so, you’re a hiring manager?

        • oscardgrouch

          The person you need to preach to aren’t the ones who are victims of racism/discrimination.

          Go on a white blog and say the same shytt to the folks who perpetuate it. Until you have walked in the shoes of a black person, you really need to STFU!

          • Lee1

            YES!!!!!

        • garry49

          Let’s not forget food for the table and gas for your car. You seem to have left those out. You’re right….a lot of people struggle a lot worse than you and a lot of them are white, too. You are lucky making 40k a year. Are you living in poverty? You may be sick of the word “racist” but the word is not going away. No one wants to concentrate 24/7 about attacks, both physically and mentally. You should feel what’s it’s like to be at the receiving end of this constant hate. It’s very easy to say get along with others and don’t engage with those that are. It goes much deeper than that.

        • KC

          You say we should respect our fellow man, but what if our fellow man doesn’t respect us or the other people around us? There is a difference between being kind in the face of hurt and letting someone walk over you. I don’t think it is going to help to just ignore it and move on. No one actually WANTS to concentrate on race. It sucks to have to think about. But if there is a problem in this country than we need to talk about it in order to fix you. Nothing gets fixed by remaining silent and ignoring it. Conversations need to happen in order to foster progress.

          You say that race shouldn’t be a big issue and then say that many people struggle worse than you do. Don’t you think addition of having judgement imposed on them because of their skin color or their name (which might indicate their skin color) makes it more difficult? You think they should just ignore it when they are consistently pushed away because of something that has no actual bearing on their abilities, personality or work ethic? C’mon don’t be ignorant.

          • vsweet

            Well said…but she B ignant! LOL

        • Red Alize Liddell

          There are people who struggles more than you with less income. If you are not guilty of anything, what are you talking about then? I guess the shoe fits, since you felt moved to bring up race when no one else did.

        • pragmatic maxim

          Tell that to your racist white brethren who enjoy trying to make Black people’s lives miserable

        • Charlene Jenelle Grant-Stuart

          you’re an idiot.

        • LeeBaeChung

          Um, yeah it does. This correlates with it. A lot of ethnic people, I’d say especially blacks or Arabs/Muslims/similar are discriminated against because of their names. This is EXACTLY about race.

          Have a name like Rhonda or Monique and you may have probably gotten discriminated against because your name sounded ‘ghetto’. Or have a name like Muhammad or Jihad and you may have been discriminated against because you sounded like you’re a terrorist or some bizarre excuse.

          Other people get discriminated against for other things, sure. But this is definitely an ethnic problem.

          • vsweet

            I agree with you but Arabs and Mexicans B white people.
            Have you checked out the names southern white Americans have? Funny as hell. LMAO “Elvis” was one of the funniest of all.

        • Monique

          Only white people typically don’t have to worry about racism because first all, y’all are used to be able to walk around in this life without being reminded that you are a white human being. Existing as black, is always being other. Black people have to worth about bills too, but we also have to worry about being black too. If racism wasn’t a structure of POWER, and not just “bad names and hurt feelings” like how most white people want to reduce it down to- then nobody would be talking about racism.

          HAVE SEVERAL SEATS

          • vsweet

            PREACH!!!

        • Genia Gouch

          wow…you are on every site with this same message. You don’t have money because you are not using your time wisely nor productively.

          • chucksee

            LOL! He’s too busy copy-pasting everywhere whining about race cards, Obama, and liberals to even keep his financial “expenses” stories straight. No suprise he’s weak on using his time wisely or productively.

          • vsweet

            This is one of THE. BEST. REPLIES. evah for this bish! Thank you!

        • Femmebott

          Judging by your avatar, you’re white… So yes, you can stop thinking about racism. Bye.

        • LiveMelove

          What type of car do you have with 25 dollars insurance ? & 20 dollars cell

        • Mel

          No one mentioned anything about race, are you okay?

        • caligirl

          STFU

        • Jay BurnSlow

          BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH

        • senorknowitall

          What? Are paying bills and opposing racism mutually exclusive? You CAN do both, you know.

    • R LongPig

      *DEAD*

    • Sitting over there looking like an old white lady past her prime.

      • travler

        That would be an improvement over being black, for sure.

        • RareE

          Black don’t crack. And we are the most beautiful. That’s why we’re hated so much!!

          • Milla Velocity

            hmm, then that would explain why your the least likely race for any man to want to partner up with? I’m not sure i follow. my friends are mostly black and even they are aware of this and they frown on how their own race behaves. but we are an older generation 40 and up. Quite possibly if the younger generation of African Americans had home training, they might be out of that percentile.

            • smarty

              that’s because your inhuman ancester warped the preciption of beauty to fit there racist agenda

            • Red Alize Liddell

              You and your friends are ignorant case closed. NEXT!

            • pragmatic maxim

              Now you’re showing your true colors

          • travler

            That depends on the type of animals one prefers.

          • Will Kelley

            exactly, always been better. that’s why they hate us so. A friend of mine that worked in the television industry told me decades ago that when a casting agency he worked at, would routinely throw away portfolio pictures of attractive black persons, expecially if they were into fitness because as the white female owner of the agency told him, those types of black people make white people look inferior…

          • hahahahaha

            whatever delusions help you.

        • vsweet

          Troll methinks?

          • travler

            And you would be a member of the low-intelligent race, methinks.

            • vsweet

              bye troll

    • Simone Mackey

      LMAO

    • LogicalLeopard

      *LOLOLOLOLOLOL*

    • ND

      The avi and the comment has me in tears!!!!! I can’t with this today….LOL!!!!!

    • No chilllll lmao

    • Bronxgirl181

      LOVE the analogy! Lol…

    • RareE

      Lol. Love this post. What kills me is when you have gay people that say they hate people who complain and cry about being discriminated against them because of their lifestyle; get the nerve to be the same type of person they claim to hate. She should just shut up. I know her parents are so proud!!!

    • David

      Lol. Boy I say I say. Lol. I needed that laugh

    • J Williams

      That was only six words, yet perfectly described the ridiculousness. You made my morning; now off to the gym I go.

    • Arnold Edwards

      But Foghorn had a ton more sense.

    • truthtalk5

      Doo daa doo daa lmao!