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Should African American parents give their children names with European origins instead of African or Muslim orgins?

I have read that MIT did a study that stated that some names may get you an interview faster if you dont have an African or Muslims sounding names...

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35yoamom

Asked by 35yoamom at 3:12 PM on Jul. 26, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • they should if they like them, if not then they shouldn't. most people don't worry about origins at all when naming their kids.
    angevil53

    Answer by angevil53 at 3:19 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • As long as it's a name and not something made or uniquely spelled for "specialness", I do not care. I just can not understand why a parent would give their child some made-up word for a name. Further, why bestow a spelling that will forever be misspelled and mispronounced?
    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 3:20 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • That is an interesting thought. I imagine there are employers who discriminate based on names, but it is not anything I ever really stopped to think about.
    KTMOM

    Answer by KTMOM at 3:21 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • I have read that MIT did a study that stated that some names may get you an interview faster if you dont have an African or Muslims sounding names...


    I think you're making the results of the study far more specific than it really is. It's not an issue of having a "black" name - it's an issue of names being judged, period. And that's nothing knew. There have been studies for decades and the results never change. People judge names harshly, and while the "bad" names change over time, the concept doesn't. Someone named Homer or Gertrude or Buffy or Uneeka are less likely to get hired than Mary, John or Tyrone. And it doesn't only happen here, it's a human race issue. http://www.thelocal.de/society/20090918-22019.html

    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:24 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • *new not knew
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:24 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • Yes KTMOM a study was done by MIT... Employers will ask John, Jill and Sarah to come in for an interview long before they call back LaKeisha, Monesha and JaQuay!
    35yoamom

    Comment by 35yoamom (original poster) at 3:25 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • My honest opinion... may not be a popular one.


    There are names that come to mind that would make me read one application before another one. It isnt so the origin of the name but things like spelling the name correctly or at least in a way that makes sense, or having a name that is a name and not an object, emotion, etc. Strange names may be "cute" for a baby but not so "cute" on an adult. Obviously I WOULD read every application and offer an interview based NOT on the name.... but a strange misspelled name WOULD influence me a little.

    sahlady

    Answer by sahlady at 3:27 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2003/resume.html
    35yoamom

    Comment by 35yoamom (original poster) at 3:27 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • Interesting comment Sahlady... I would like to hear more of your opinion...
    35yoamom

    Comment by 35yoamom (original poster) at 3:29 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

  • anyone ignorant enough to discriminate over a name would discriminate face to face, anyway. people should name their kids what they like.
    autodidact

    Answer by autodidact at 3:32 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

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