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Daniel, a barber from London, is one of few black men who actually knows what it's like to be white. Daniel conducted a radical race experiment. Through prostetics and makeup, he posed as a white man for three months.

"I was invisible all of a sudden," Daniel says. "I walked down the streets of London, and people didn't watch what I was doing, where I was in location to them, where I was in location to their pocketbook or their car. The other difference I found is when I go to shops, that's when they did look at you. They put the change in your hand rather than slam it on the counter and look to the next person. There's a difference in interaction."

Another lesson Daniel learned was not to completely hold stock in his prejudices. In disguise as a white man, Daniel went to the dog races and chatted with a kind spectator. The man was someone whom normally Daniel would have judged to be a threat for a black man. When Daniel returned later as himself, the man treated him equally as kind.

"It made me question myself," Daniel says. "I have to look about how I look at other people and how I judge a whole race or a whole group of people, and if I don't want them to do that to me, then I can't do that to them. It made me look the other way."
FROM: A Special Experiment: Men Turn Into Women
Published on October 13, 2004


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