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Some people believe that racism died when African Americans started obtaining the same rights as other folks. No longer are black men and women forced to give up their bus seat in the name of white supremacy, and you'll find plenty of colored folks at the voting booth come election day, but that isn't a good indicator of the amount of racism left in America. Actually, there are still plenty of indicators that racism is alive and as prevalent as ever. You've probably seen the ads calling out the big tobacco industries for advertising heavily in predominantly minority-based neighborhoods. You've also probably caught wind of the unarmed murders of many young black men that have been plastered across news headlines over the past couple of years. Regardless of where you've seen acts of racism lately, there's no doubting that it's there, and no denying that it's a topic many people feel uncomfortable discussing. That's why I've put together this article highlighting some of the best social experiments that tackled racism in the most relatable ways possible.
1. Wake Me Up When It's All Over
Maybe we haven't all experienced the horrors of falling asleep on the subway, but I'm sure we've all dozed off in public once or twice. In times like these, we become forever grateful for the helping hand of a nice stranger that decides to shake us awake. It doesn't take much to wake someone up at the last subway stop and prevent a lot of potential trouble for the sleepy person, but it seems like the people on this subway didn't see it that way...at least not in the case of the black man.
2. The Human Race is the Most Racist Race...Got It?
I don't think there was any REAL consensus here, other than we're all racist toward somebody in someway at some point in time, but it was interesting to see all of the different opinions. Also, I think we can all relate to that one girl when she says "I'm jealous that they're darker than me.". Seriously! Can you imagine never having to tan, or turn yourself into an orange greasy mess because you're too busy to tan (Looking at you Mr. Trump)?
3. It's Not All Black and White.
The media focuses so heavily on African Americans vs. Whites that we tend to forget Asians can experience racism just as well as blacks. This concept also applies to Indians, Native Americans, and all the other cultures that aren't marked by pale skin. The human race comes in all shades of colors, but the lighter the person, the more acceptance they seem to receive. We should be working towards an entire spectrum of happy humans.
4. Love Is Colorblind. Dad Is Not.
A few hundred years ago both sides of this relationship would have been condemned for their interest in a human being of another race. Today, it's actually quite common to see an interracial couple walking the streets. However, as we all seen in the latest movie tackling the topic (Get Out), parents can still have a difficult time coming to terms with the fact that their child is not dating within their race. This episode of WWYD is quite enlightening.
5. The Stigma IS Real!
Being dark makes you a target for more than a few racial slurs. It also makes you a target for profiling, something we touched on lightly when we discussed the tobacco industry's choice of ad placement. In this clip, WWYD investigates how individuals feel about profiling in a high end store. While profiling isn't acceptable in any environment, you would hope to be able to expect high end stores to hold their employees to a higher standard.