Clemenger BBDO Wellington
Wed, 22 Jul 2020 01:12:18 GMT
The everyday racism that exists in New Zealand has been laid bare, with the project ‘Voice of Racism’ created by NZ Human Rights Commission and Clemenger BBDO Wellington.
VoiceOfRacism.co.nz challenges anyone to put themselves in the shoes of someone on the receiving end of racism, and to feel the cumulative burden of consistent micro-aggressions through an audio visual data-driven experience.
Says Bethany Omeri, strategy director at Clemenger BBDO: “Most people in New Zealand would say they aren’t racist. But racism is complex. It doesn’t always appear to be hateful. It can hide in the words we choose, our well-intentioned actions, our assumptions – and the cumulative effect on people experiencing this racism is huge.”
The hundreds of micro-aggressions delivered by the voice are the true personal experiences of real people from around New Zealand.
Says Brigid Alkema, executive creative director of Clemenger BBDO: “The site is designed to be endless, with micro-aggressions coming at you from all directions. We’ve seen people rip their headphones off after a few seconds, and others sitting with it for a while and choosing to come back to it after mini epiphanies.
“The aim of the project was to collect the raw, ugly truth, and present that in a way that lets you sit with that burden as intimately as possible. This experience is inherently a challenge. One you have to actively choose to opt into, ready to come face-to-face with that ugliness, willing to do the work and learn.
“It’s too easy to agree that racism is bad and then not do anything about it. This project is asking us all to make a decision: care enough to keep learning, or don’t.”
‘Voice of Racism’ is promoted through the genuine reactions of people who have been through the experience, including AV directed by Lula Cucchiara of Curious.
Leaders and influential people from different communities around New Zealand have been among the first to respond to the experience, openly sharing their personal reactions and reflections.
Waititi was approached for comment on the ‘Voice of Racism’, and his response summed it up: “Listen.”
Listen and believe that racism exists in New Zealand, and this is what it sounds like.
Categories: Corporate, Social and PSAs, Diversity and InclusionClemenger BBDO Wellington , Wed, 22 Jul 2020 01:12:18 GMT