How Racist Are You? – Jane Elliott’s Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise
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Click the link above and watch the documentary.
- What did you learn?
- What scene or scenes do you think you’ll still remember a month from now and why those scenes?
- Did any part of the film surprise you? Do you think someone of a different race, ethnicity, or religion would also find it surprising?
- What features did Elliott ascribe to the superior and inferior groups and how did those characteristics reflect stereotypes about blacks and whites?
- How did Elliott’s discrimination create no-win situations for those placed in the inferior group? How did she selectively interpret behavior to confirm the stereotypes she had assigned?
What can you take away from it? What will you be able to remember a year from now? What conclusions can be drawn from this film? Most importantly, what is the “next step” in the process? What must happen?
Visit “10 Things That Every American Should Do” found at the link below. Which of these pledges do you feel you could uphold? Which do you feel would be difficult to sustain? Describe what America would be like if every single person considered these commitments. Do you think your vision could come true? Why or why not?