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    Posted on Aug 27, 2016

    We Showed A Few People A Problematic Picture To See If They Would Recognize The Issue

    "Why are all the 'not cool' kids black?"

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    In 2014, the Red Cross released a pool safety poster that sparked a lot of controversy. We had a few of our co-workers take a look at the poster to see what they thought:

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    The poster has a diverse group of kids displaying what you should and should not do while at the pool. It received criticism when people noticed that all the “not cool” kids were black.

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    So Daysha had a few co-workers take a look at the same picture to see if they could see exactly what she noticed when she first saw it.

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    At first, some people didn't notice anything...

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    ...while others hit the nail on the head.

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    And when they realized how problematic the picture was, their frustration grew.

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    It reminded some that media has a huge impact on society.

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    Others empathized with people of color and recognized that, even if it's unintentional, the media perpetuates stereotypes.

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    But some people were still having a hard time seeing how the picture was problematic.

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    And when they finally understood why it received so much criticism, they were extremely disappointed.

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    Some also realized that other races aren't even represented in the picture.

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    And that in order to make progress, it's important that society is sensitive on all levels.

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