According to the article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2487563/Teen-changes-Keisha-encountered-prejudice.html
A mixed-race Kansas City teenager called Keisha has changed her name to avoid what she believes are damaging racial stereotypes some people link with certain popular African-American names.
Gifted the name-change by her mother as an early Christmas present at the cost of $175, Keisha Austin, 19, hopes that by calling herself Kylie she will avoid being associated with the negative connotations she feels the name provokes.
Left conflicted and emotional by her decision to rename herself, the teen stood before a Johnson County Judge last week and made the change official – finally comfortable with her new identity.”
This is horrible. Why should I have to change who I am for others? The truth is as a consequence of living in a White supremacist country we do. We change how we talk, act and even think to survive and we shouldn’t be in denial about the social and economic implications it has on our livelihoods.
I have this kind of name because of my parents Black power movement fight the man phase. As much as I love my name, I can’t tell you the number of times that people assumed that I was one way because of my name only to find out something else.
A study in 2003 called, “Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination” by Marianne Bertrand any Sendhil Mullainathan
found when answering want ads in Boston and Chicago newspapers that,
“The results show significant discrimination against African-American names: White names receive 50 percent more callbacks for interviews. We also find that race affects the benefits of a better resume. For White names, a higher quality resume elicits 30 percent more callbacks whereas for African Americans, it elicits a far smaller increase.”
I also remember sending out my resume and receiving few call backs. As soon as I put my anglicized middle name as my first name I received numerous call backs.
Even a name due to racism can have tremendous social and financial implications. Has this affected you in any way? How do you deal with it?