Racism is real.
Since the election of President Barrack Obama many white Americans have been operating under the false assumption that racism is “over” and does not impose a significant barrier to People of Color.
Similarly, the seminal victories of the 1960s to combat the most obvious aspects of institutionalized bigotry created a perception that widespread racism had been largely eradicated.
The misplaced perception that racism is over was on full display last year when the deaths of African Americans like Eric Gardner and the Michael Brown exposed how tone deaf our society can be to the everyday plights of People of Color.
This video is the first installment in a series of short films Brave New films is producing to promote an invigorated fight for racial justice in this country. In it, we present a “split-screen” comparison of two individuals, a Black man and a White man, as they attempt to achieve progress by modern means. From life-altering events, such as job hunting or home hunting, to daily activities like driving from point a to point b, people of color are disproportionately and unjustly presented with obstacles due to racism. All the events depicted in this piece are supported by facts from well-documented studies. The comparison is stark, disturbing and eye-opening. To top, people are oftentimes unaware of their own biases – which makes racism harder to spot and all the more insidious in its hidden impact.
We challenge you, after watching this short, to re-think some of the assumptions you might have about the prevalence of racism and to think about ways in which we can all work together to create a more just and equal society.
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