Karim Sulayman, I Trust You

Can creative vulnerability help illicit new states of empathy? An Arab-American tenor performs a moving trust experiment in front of Trump Tower

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Ten days after Donald Trump was elected president, Sulayman teamed up with filmmaker Meredith Kaufman Younger to perform a heartfelt test on trust in our collective life. Blindfolded outside Trump International Hotel in New York City, Sulayman held a handwritten poster board sign. It read:

"Hello, my name is Karim and I am Arab-American. Like many people who are black, brown, women, LGBTQIA, Latinix, Muslim, Jewish, immigrants and Other, I am very scared. We are anxious and uneasy in our own country and it's difficult to see what lies ahead for us. But, I have hope that I am safe with you. Together, we can build a community of caring, rather than one of fear. You can trust me to care for you no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you are from. Will you embrace me as willingly as I embrace you? Will you shake my hand and/or hug me and/or take a photo with me and post it as a sign that I am safe here with you? I trust you."  

Photo Credit: Meredith Kaufman Younger / Vimeo