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This Short Film Uses The Most Awkward First Date Ever To Shut Down Casual Racism

"Traction" starts off like a typical first date and then becomes deeply uncomfortable when things get, shall we say, uncinematically racist.

This Short Film Uses The Most Awkward First Date Ever To Shut Down Casual Racism

WHAT: Traction, a short film exploring different levels of latent racism.

WHO: Filmmaker and actor Rory Uphold.

WHY WE CARE: "It's just a joke!" is the preferred excuse of tacky provocateurs the world over. As though whether or not one is being literal has any definitive bearing on whether they're causing offense. In the five-minute short Traction, filmmaker and actor Rory Uphold deftly uses the setting of an awkward first date to eviscerate the notion of hiding casual racism behind, "You don't think I really believe that?" Uphold does not stop there, however. Keep watching until the very end for a further comment on racial blindspots. It's a great reminder that, in a time when unabashed racism is increasingly visible, to keep a look out for your own prejudices.

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