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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.

https://twitter.com/451MMG/status/898323038055182336

https://twitter.com/noticeofpoop/status/897864880983744514

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

https://twitter.com/rjd989/status/897866210188152833

https://twitter.com/rjd989/status/897866595036475393

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.

https://twitter.com/theforg3r/status/897817092174618624

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

Problems like these have happened since 2015.

 

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