“A Roshanda by Any Other Name” Subjective Summary Response

In the segment “A Roshanda by Any Other Name” from the documentary film Freakonomics, there is an investigation of “white names” versus “black names” and how they can affect the life a person leads.  There was a good amount of information in the segment, and it was presented in many ways that I think could help a variety of people could be entertained by while still being able to learn from.  For example, there was information from Roland Fryer, a researcher at Harvard University.  There were scripted examples of the types of lived people might have with different names.  The documentary also asked people on the street what types of names they consider “white” or “black.”  The mix of fictional example, professional opinions, and ordinary people, help to paint a complete picture of this complex issue.

Spurlock, Morgan, “A Roshanda By Any Other Name” from the film Freakonomics. 2010. DVD. Magnolia Pictures, 2011.

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