Viral Video Of A ‘Racist’ Soap Dispenser Sparked Up A Heated Debate On Twitter

  • By Asad Tipu
  • August 22, 2017
  • 2 minutes read

Soap dispensers work in a certain way.

You put your hand underneath it, it detects the hand, and splurts out a gunk of liquid soap. Since it’s a machine, it’s devoid of any personal interaction. So how can people call it racist?

Well, you see, one man named Chukwuemeka Afigbo posted a video on Twitter that highlights some differences.

Below, you can see if a Caucasian individual places their hand underneath the machine, it’s detected.

But if a black man does it, nothing happens.

To prove how absurd it is, he takes a white tissue, and suddenly it works.

The video highlights the problem of lack of diversity in tech.

Some people pointed it out to being a larger issue.

These are a form of microaggressions.



And it isn’t about the dispenser being racist, it’s about the coders putting in a darker colour program.



Others said that it’s not really racism, and just an error.

But others responded with the fact that if a black person designed it, it would have not been an issue.


However, hiring people based on their skin colour rather than their ability is detrimental.

Problems like these have happened since 2015.


Send this to a friend