02/11/2015 10:13 am ET Updated Feb 11, 2015

Your Name Says More About You Than You Think

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When it comes to stereotyping others, it takes no more than a name.

That goes double for non-Anglophile names that carry a strong cultural currency, like Cashmoneya, TraNequa or Shaniqua.

Sexism, racism and classism influence how a person perceives another's name, even when just reading it on paper. Need we mention the racist hounding of our president, Barack Hussein Obama? From discrimination in the classroom to job discrimination and housing discrimination, people with stigmatized names face damaging psychological and socioeconomic consequences.

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