Aboriginal girl stands blindfolded on a beach, asks people to embrace her
Social experiments are often at the center of viral videos. From free hugs to hugs for change, the act of human connection is often featured in the most emotional of content.
Aboriginal Australian schoolgirl Jasirah Bin Hitam took to an Western Australian beach with a sign reading: "I trust you. Do you trust me? Let’s hug." At first, passersby are hesitant, but eventually one woman approaches the blindfolded 17-year-old. The woman can be heard repeating "I trust you" as the pair embrace.
The video, published on March 19, ends with some depressing statistics: "In 2012, 13% of all Australians said they trusted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Share if you want to change that.”
Both videos are part of social experiments known as "blind trust projects," where preconceived beliefs are eradicated by proving fear doesn't exist on the streets, despite what statistics would have you believe.
The video featuring Jasirah is a project by Australian artist Peter Sharpe, who is known for creating works using the social situations.