Wednesday, May 27, 2009
#10. Normal first names
Black people have never been to fond of normal, White people sounding names. Biblical- grounded names went out in popularity in the Black community as quickly as Don Imus did from the Black persons radio.
Instead of James, Michael, John or Luke, Black people decidedly collectively to try and out Black their fellow racial members, into who could come up with the most original name, to compliment their "slave" surname.
Most people have read the 2006 tome Freakonomics, a bestselling book that discusses numerous topics normally sheltered in hushed voices in diverse places, like the high school locker room or country club 19th hole.
Nevertheless, the authors of that book have analyzed the top 20 White names, and the top 20 Black people names:
The 20 Whitest Boy Names
The 20 Blackest Boy Names
Stuff Black People Don't Like would like to point out the peculiarities between the different names for White and Black people. It is hard to imagine where Black parents came up with these names, but for sportscasters around the country, they sure did make it difficult on you. Spelling bee emcee's, not so much.
Black people enjoy standing apart from the crowd and turning heads. Normal names like Sam or Barry don't accomplish that task. Barack does, however.