Remember the book Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin, the white American journalist from the deep South who created quite a sensation with his best-seller, later made into a film?
Griffin was so disgusted at how African-Americans were being mistreated in the racially divided South that he decided the best way to expose the inequities was to get under the skin of those being oppressed.
So he underwent a series of skin treatments that temporarily transformed him - on the outside, at least - into a black man, so he could see first-hand how he was perceived by whites.
No, I’m not expecting you to rush out and subject yourself to some risky skin-lightening or darkening treatment to understand how others perceive you. Our courts and Chapter Nine institutions are doing a fairly good job exposing racism, hate speech and racial rhetoric.
Just this week, there was a story about a man who referred to Indians as “low-caste rubbish with no morals” and was strongly sanctioned by the Equality Court.