This film lets you experience racism first-hand

A groundbreaking virtual reality project lets viewers experience the bias and microaggressions that people of colour endure when looking for jobs.

Racism and discrimination aren’t always easy to spot.

Sometimes it’s the small, subtle actions and assumptions that betray people’s racial biases – whether they’re at school, in the street or in the workplace.

An innovative VR project is trying to shed light on these lesser-known displays by letting viewers experience what it’s like to be turned down for a job – even through you’re the most qualified candidate.

The project’s creators hope that by slipping on a headset and into someone else’s shoes, those watching the video might be more aware of their own preconceptions in future situations.

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