Tagg Romney

'Strange' vs. 'simple old American' names

'Strange' vs. 'simple old American' names

Inflammatory Internet comments don't usually become news stories unto themselves. But a Duke University professor recently pulled off that trick. In response to a New York Times editorial about racism in Baltimore, Jerry Hough wrote that African Americans "just feel sorry for themselves" and compared "the blacks" unfavorably to "the Asians." He argued, specifically, that African Americans adopt "strange new names" because they lack a desire for integration, as opposed to Asian Americans, who choose "simple old American" first names. The professor's comment angered many, with good reason. Dozens of writers have already explained...