Some people are not able to sympathize with people’s experiences or problems unless they feel it on their skin. Yes, literally skin, because racial problems are something that is not to be taken lightly. Pun intended again.
So this guy Frederick Joseph, the founder of We Have Stories, decided to do a social experiment of his own. Namely, he swapped the Redskins football logo of a stereotypical Native American in a headdress with a, can you guess it – a “Caucasian”. He was trying to make a point of what it feels like to have your race represent a mascot, but he got some pretty bad reactions from white people who were clearly offended.
Joseph shared that he had gone out wearing this shirt last weekend, figuring that he would catch people by surprise. He also pointed out that unlike the term “redskins”, “Caucasians” isn’t even remotely rude towards white people.
Many white people, however, still got offended by his shirt, and was called disrespectful. Another group of white men saw him wearing his shirt and made like they were going to come after him, he said.
After they saw Joseph’s thread, other people of color started sharing photos of themselves wearing similar shirts, writing that they also received similar reactions: