An interesting video has gone viral on social media featuring a white woman arguing with other women about the origin of “strange” black names. The white woman is holding an umbrella in the rain while speaking about the issue. She says that black people are “notorious” for having 25-letter names that are unpronounceable. Her sentiment is that these types of names set people up for failure.
One of the women said that these ‘unique’ names came about during slavery because they needed a way to identify their children who may be sold away. This argument is totally incorrect as most older black people had names that sounded more “Eurocentric” or Biblical. The more ‘fancy’ names started to become popular in the 1980s. It was simply a phase that started for reasons that are up for debate. Since that time, black America has been going back to more traditional, American-sounding names, although there are a few people who insist on names that torpedo the future of their children.