Babynames.com unveils a jarring reminder of black lives lost
Site lists dozens of names of black Americans who have died from police violence or at the hands of civilians
Jun 10, 2020
Even BabyNames.com, a planning site for prospective parents, has a statement against systemic racism–and it's taking over its homepage.
Below its search bar is a black box that lists dozens of names of black Americans who have died from police violence or at the hands of civilians. The list includes names that have appeared in the mainstream news, and others that have not. The list ends with George Floyd, who called out for his mother as he lost consciousness at the hands of the police.
“Each one of these names was somebody’s baby,” reads the box, followed by: “BabyNames.com stands in solidarity with the black community.” The black box (which visitors can choose to close) pushes down the site’s list of trending names and its “Name of the Day” feature.
The message, which went up on Tuesday, has gone viral on social media, with some people saying they couldn’t access the site because it was too busy. On social media, people called it one of the most powerful statements coming from corporate America.