The former Disney star, Raven Symoné is in hot water for claiming she would not hire anyone with a black-sounding name. In the View’s segment, “60 most ghetto names” Symoné left her co-hosts in shock as she stated;
“I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not gonna happen. I’m not gonna hire you.”
There have been many studies reporting the prejudices surrounding “ghetto” names. Interviewers will reply faster to “white” names than “black” names, despite both candidates having the same qualifications.
“Job applicants with white names needed to send about 10 resumes to get one callback; those with African-American names needed to send around 15 resumes to get one callback.”
The Views “ghetto” segment is designed to be controversial, choosing to ignore the unfair challenges of qualified black men and women. Instead, Symoné perpetuates the negative influences surrounding being “too black” and equating it to being entirely ghetto.
After the ABC show aired, the 29 year-old was hit with a backlash of criticism. On Sunday Symoné turned to Facebook to publicly apologise for her words and admitted her comments were “in poor taste”.
Symoné has highlighted one of the simple but unseen benefits of white privilege. Fortunately, her fans were able to remind her of her own struggles, despite being a privileged black woman herself.
“I have been denied many jobs because of my skin colour, body size, and age. Each time I was rejected, my self esteem was negatively affected so I empathise with those who feel victimised by what I said.”
TNT Entertainment Frances Scott