Anti-Black Racism Will Only Stop With Dialogue, Reflection, And Accountability. This Video Helps You Get Started.

"I feel vulnerable being a citizen of the United States."

We see it every day on the news and in real life all around us. Anti-Black racism in America is still very much alive, and it won't go away until this country faces the realities of its existence in a unified front working to find a solution.

StyleLikeU is a self-acceptance revolution started by the mother-daughter team of Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum, who are on a mission to build a world where getting dressed each morning is an act of self-love. The duo recently released the video "What's Underneath America: Reflection on Race and Identity," a vehicle of claiming self-acceptance "in which individuals strip down to open up about style, self-image and identity."

"After interviewing over 100 people on style, self-image and identity for The What's Underneath Project, we felt that we had gathered a lot of potent footage on the topic of race and privilege," they told A Plus about the project they started in 2014.

"We had always planned on weaving these stories together to make one, powerful statement about the realities of anti-Black racism that are still at play in America, and the need for White people to take accountability for their (our) privilege in order to create justice," they continued. "Once everything happened in Charlottesville a couple of weeks ago, we felt an urgency to put it out right away."

From Black to White to light-skinned and biracial, the video tells the raw truth about the various experiences people face with anti-Black racism and White privilege. Subjects begin telling their stories and slowly begin stripping down to their bare essentials.

"They take off their clothes slowly as we interview them about style, identity, and self-image, in an effort to show that true beauty is not about presenting a façade — it's about radical honestly," the StyleLikeU team explained.

The nearly 10-minute video starts with a bold yet brutally honest statement: "I feel vulnerable being a citizen of the United States who might be a target for eradication."

But their goal is quite clear in the belief that justice can't be served without a ceaseless commitment to radically honest reflection and dialogue.

So do they feel they can make a change with this video?

"Yes. We find that our version of storytelling is so raw, intimate and honest that it opens up the viewers' hearts and minds to very real experiences of people who might seem very different than them at first glance," they said. "When someone is telling their story, it's difficult to ignore or argue with their truth, and we find that the radical honestly and vulnerability reflected in our videos motivate people to action and give space for a deeper connection and understanding."

From conception to execution, the project StyleLikeU has had one major goal in mind: to create self-acceptance of the self and others by creating compassionate spaces where people can be radically honest and express themselves freely. And they believe they have found the recipe to begin the healing process.

They explained, "Anti-Black racism in this country is systemic, insidious, and ever-present, and that open dialogue, reflection, and accountability on the part of White people is what is needed to heal the wounds of our country."

Watch the video for yourself and may the healing begin:

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