Blatant anti-Black sentiment is publicly frowned upon, but shows itself in many subtle ways. Here, we have a sample of some of the thinking that is out there about African-Americans who have the audacity to have non-traditional names. Above, we have the shining example of a hiring manager who seems to have an unwarranted contempt for names that are outside of his comfort zone. Notice how, he projects his feelings upon his employees, taking care to save them from having to deal with the potential of a “hostile environment” because of a potential employees name. How magnanimous of him.
The ugly side of social media, is that it shines a light on the darkness that we know is there. The unfounded fears, the unwarranted hate, and the lack of empathy. This just further illustrates how racism is able to morph, disguising itself. Names like Tamisha, that read as Black, are yet another layer of discrimination that emerges as a roadblock to progress in this country. The sad reality, is that many people out there feel like Andrew, but will be smart enough not to put thumbs to screens to say so. It just shows how connected power is to white supremacy. Tamisha could be the most qualified person, but people like Mr. Moskowitz will “categorically pass over” her just because of her name.
The problem is not with Tamisha. The problem is with Mr. Moskowitz and the numerous others out there who think like him. I would say more about how I feel about Mr. Moskowitz, but I don’t want to be considered “tribal”
But I will link to others who have opined on him.