"Proof" that Australian whites are racist
It is a stunt, not a scientific experiment. Those who set the prank up did so with lots of non-racial differences between the men - differences which subtly say something to others.
Notice the black man has a backpack on, which the video makers tried to hide while leaving straps visible so they can deny they tried to hide it. The black man has work boots that look steel capped, a workman's bright contrasting shirt. The white man is dressed in soft shoes, casual homelike clothes. Also notice the differences in body type, posture and body language which say a lot.
And most significantly, positioning: The white man is positioned more in the open so people can see walk all around him easily. The black is more to the side, his back against a structure so people will walk past. The whole thing is a set up
2016 may be right around the corner, but this social experiment shows racism is evidently still alive and well in Australia.
Brooke Roberts, an Adelaide-based entertainer who runs the brand PrankNation, secretly filmed two men standing blindfolded in public with a sign reading: “I trust you. Do you trust me?” They were placed in the same location during busy periods, and left in the hands of the busy passersby flocking around them.
The only difference? One man was white and the other was black.
“Today I went out to see the comparison between my light-skinned friend and my dark-skinned friend,” said Roberts in the video. “The sign didn’t say ‘hug me’, the sign didn’t say ‘take action’. Let’s see what reactions we can get.”
The results were not good. Over the course of three and a half hours, the light-skinned man is shown being approached by a total of twelve people over three hours. He gets 10 hugs, one handshake, and just one negative reaction for standing in the middle of the walkway.
But when his dark-skinned friend stands in the exact same position, blindfolded with the exact same sign?
Nothing more than a few points and stares over the course of six hours - double the time of the first. And not a single hug.
Roberts said he was inspired to create the video after reading about a racist incident last month, in which a Melbourne Apple store removed a group of African teenagers.
“I saw a video posted about the dark-skinned school kids that got kicked out of the Apple store in Melbourne,” Roberts told news.com.au.
“I felt like this was very unprofessional and I wanted to test Adelaide and see how their racism compared.”
He admitted he had positive expectations for the outcome of this experiment, and described the public’s response as “unexpected”.
“I am hoping that not only the city of Adelaide can see how they did in the experiment, but also other places around the world.
“I want people to become aware of how they act and decrease the amount of racism.”