I agree 100% But the problem is much deeper than just black vs white. People with any type of name that seems to belong to a certain race or group of people is going to be subject to prejudice, that's just the truth. If your name is Jose, Juan, or Pablo, the interviewer is going to have preconceived notions of who you are. Same thing if your name is Osama, Muhammad, or other ethnic sounding names. Imagine applying for a job after 9/11 with a Muslim sounding name.
Discrimination happens all the time and it's not as simple as "white people hate black people". It's all about Xenophobia. Just look at other countries and how they discriminate people who look exactly like them, genocides in Africa, Nazi Germany, or just look at all the hatred towards gays today. It's just easier for ignorant people to discriminate against black people when they look so different from themselves and have distinguishing names.
It's really about the majority discriminating against names that they would never identify with, and only attribute to people "unlike" them. They'd rather hire someone "like" them who they are able to understand. And all this manifests itself as racism. That's why it pisses me off when people who are discriminated against and have such a long history of being fu*ked over (ie Black Americans), discriminate against others like homos3xuals, hispanics, or other groups.
Mos def. I agree, especially with the part in bold.
I think the only way to change things is to produce enough successful, educated and from the middle to upper class Bonshiquas, Tyrones, and Shanikas - to challenge the status quo.
It's hard for the human mind to perceive things without comparing it to another. We always have to have some kind of relativity, which is why I believe we need the concept of time. So, when we hear names our brains automatically start looking for an image to go a long with that name. Up until I met my ex-Indian GF all the Anishas I knew were black. Now, that name carries a different tone. Unfortunately, I did fall for the discrimination. But, I try and consciously combat that every chance I get.
I think this will change over time because in this world "nadie sabe quien e quien"....anybody can be from anywhere. I know Haitians named Vladimir, black Americans named Juan, Filipino named Gretchen, an Asian dude from France named Stefon, etc..