Last year, social media erupted after Actress Raven Symone admitted that she’d discriminate against someone with a “ghetto” name.
“I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not going to happen. I’m not going to hire you,” she told fellow castmates on the View. Symone later issued a formal apology, but she was not the first and she won’t be the last to share these kinds of sentiments.
We’ve all heard it before, or perhaps we’ve even engaged in the stereotyping of individuals like the one Symone described. Bill Cosby, for instance, said the following during his infamous Pound Cake Speech:
People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn’t that a sign of something? Or, are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up? Isn’t it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body? What part of Africa did this come from?? We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans. They don’t know a thing about Africa .With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail.
So the following question posed by an anonymous Tumblr user isn’t exactly shocking:
The clapback by user, Anubis-the-Incubus, however was pretty enlightening.
While we can’t confirm the French origin of Laquisha (although it has been said to have roots in Louisiana French Creole), a search of the names Lakeisha, Leticia, source, Laquisha and Keisha confirms that they hold Latin, African-Swahili, and Hebrew origins. Frankly, I think it’s high time we all cast off the the belief that our names, skin color, kinky hair, or whatever other “black” qualifiers we hold somehow make us less than our counterparts.
What has been your experience with “ghetto” names. Share your thoughts below.