With that said, a close look will be taken into Prime Time’s social experiment to identify issues that resonate on a personal level, and identify what lessons might apply well to everyday situations.
To begin with, it was almost immediately that John (the white subject) gets instant attention from the salespeople that he comes into contact with while Glen (the black subject) is completely ignored even though he oftentimes appeared much more interested in buying merchandise than John. And more disturbing, one of the salesmen that completely ignored Glen but approached John instantly and eagerly, was black himself. In another scenario, a salesman begins to tail Glen rather than offer assistance to sell products to an interested consumer.
At one point in the discussion, Glen expressed “an emotional price,” becoming discouraged by his interactions being so distinctly different from those of John. It was shocking to see evidence that black Americans pay almost twice what the average white American pays for automobiles, and even the treatment for how both men were offered the merchandise implicated a clear amount of discrimination. In another portion of the experiment, a building manager commented to John that the neighborhood was nice enough, “but they’re moving in,” and alluded to the fact that it wouldn’t be long before blacks became prominent in this part of the community.
In Prime Time fashion, Diane Sawyer took it upon herself to directly question people who had been caught on camera displaying blatant racism to the black test subject, Glen. The answers given were essentially worthless as everyone denied any such discrimination. If this interview were to be applied to life today, one could be discouraged that racial interactions are so common that many people either will not even know that they are being racist, or they will deny any ...Show more