New App Helps You Discover What EverydayRacism Really Feels Like
Not all discrimination is blatant. If you think you have a thorough understanding on what racism really feels like, there’s a new app that wants to challenge your thinking. Challenge the way you think about racism and look at life through someone else’s eyes. Take the EverydayRacism challenge and experience what life can be like for ethnic and cultural minorities who face subtle forms of racism every day.
It plays out a little like an alternate-reality game. When you load it up for the first time, you’re asked to choose one of three characters, each of whom was created based on real-life experiences.
Muslim woman Aisha was created with the help of Zubeda Raihman, Mariam Veiszadeth, and Aisha Jabeen; Aboriginal man Patrick was created with the help of Blake Tatafu, Adam Hansen, Nat Heath, and Peter Dawson; and Indian student Vihann was created with the help of Rahul Dhawan, Mridula Amin, and Tanvi Bedi.
When you choose your character, you’ll experience four scenarios randomly spaced out every day for seven days.
These include radio broadcasts, work e-mails, social-network interactions, text messages, and videos. You can then choose how to react to each of these scenarios, whether it’s a co-worker telling you that things are done differently in Australia, a racist Tweet from a friend, or a remark on a Web site comment section. Your choices, however, are limited: two scripted responses, or no response.
You can also play as yourself and witness racism and how it affects the people around you.
It’s an interesting idea and one, we hope, that will help effect positive change in the way people view and respect one another — and possibly extend to app markets in other countries as well.
Via CNET Australia