Step into another skin with Everyday Racism app

(Credit: All Together Now)

Not all discrimination is blatant. Sometimes it’s an accumulation of smaller, subtler interactions that can make you feel as though you’re fighting a losing battle. These are known as microaggressions and, although they may not seem like much to the people who deal them out, they continue to perpetuate harmful attitudes that marginalize minorities.

Microaggressions are the focus of a new mobile “game” developed by All Together Now, a collaboration between the University of Western Sydney, Deakin University, and Melbourne University. It’s called Everyday Racism, and it lets you experience just a small fraction of life as a racial minority in Australia.

(Credit: All Together Now)

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 sp… [Read more]

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