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I know it's sorta racist but when I hear the name Caryn Johnson I think, white upper middle class cheerleader. I do NOT think of one of the funniest women in America. I'd be really pleased to meet Caryn, she's one of my favorite actors.
krool1969 krool1969 41-45, M 10 Answers Nov 11, 2012 in Movies & TV

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No, I would not be surprised. Most of the black women and men I've known have had names that were just like that. James Kennedy, Garry Saunders, Penny Anderson; names like that.

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so true!

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Don't forget Scott Joplin, no relation to Janis, for obvious reasons.

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Yes. Scott. Wonderful rag time piano. Love that music.

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Yup.

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Also Berry White, who was not at all white.... Well maybe his teeth.

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I would not be surprised, often you hear a name and imagine ahead of time what they will look like. Like for example: Joseph and Sarah, or Julio and Juanita. Another example is Trayvon and LaQuisha or Dim Lee and Sung Yagn.

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Not nessisarily. I knew a very white Utah Mormon name LaQuisha.

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No. The way she spells her first name would lead me to suspect it. I find that blacks more than whites spell their names differently. It's not to say that every time I see an unconventional spelling that I assume the person is black, but if it turns out that way it doesn't surprise me one bit.

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Erich is an unconventional spelling of MY name (Eric) but when I see it I think "German"

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nope- I love whoopi too :)

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no0t at all i meet all kinds of people with all kinds of names. and you are right it does sound like a racist thought??

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just as much as Whoopi Goldberg would

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Whoopi Goldberg sees a black woman named Caryn Johnson every time she look in a mirror!

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Blacks do tend to have first names that are difficult to spell, and hence difficult to remember. I know that it impedes interpersonal relations, when nobody can recall or pronounce your name.

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you should get out more , there is a shell gas station and a 7/11 in my old neighborhood after 6 years I never could pronounce those guy's names and they had on name tags . if you are genuinely interested in someone you'll find a way to remember their name .

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That is the whole point. You have to be genuinely interested to remember their names, whereas recalling somebody's name should not require that much effort. And I do agree that categories of people other than blacks have difficult names. But blacks are what the question asked about.

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I don't know who you're talking about, but no I wouldn't. I'd be more surprised to meet a black guy named Todd or Kyle.

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she's better known for her somewhat scatological nickname

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whoopi goldberg

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I wouldn't be surprised at all.

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It's like a white chick called Letisha or Monifah.

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