Two professors at the University of Chicago and MIT conducted an experiment: <blockquote>Nine names were selected to represent each category: black women, white women, black men and white men. Last names common to the racial group were also assigned. Four rsums were typically submitted for each job opening, drawn from a reservoir of 160. Nearly 5,000 applications were submitted from mid-2001 to mid-2002. [The professors] kept track of which candidates were invited for job interviews.<blockquote> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/12/business/12SCEN.html">So what happened?:</a> Applicants with white-sounding names were 50 percent more likely to be called for interviews than were those with black-sounding names. Surprising? Maybe not, but certainly something to think about when it comes to naming Junior or Juniorette. And what the hell is a 'black-sounding name' anyway? 'Ebony'? 'Charcoal'? Anyone think there's something to this study? Personally, the name Leon is applied to blacks and I've had a few doozies--albeit not related to job seeking.