Historic Experiments on Race: Jane Elliott’s Brown Eyes vs. Blue Eyes Experiment

“[Race] is not about how you look, it is about how people assign meaning to how you look.” – Robin D. G. Kelley, Historian

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In 1968, during the height of the Civil Rights movement in the U.S., a public school teacher named Jane Elliott undertook an historic experiment with her class in an attempt to help her white students understand the effects of racism. She repeated the experiment in her classroom each year for three years. The following clip comes from the Eye of Storm documentary made by William Peters in 1970 for ABC News and was later included in the documentary A Class Divided (1985), which included a class reunion (of 1984) of Elliott’s students. The adult viewers in the audience are the original students from Elliott’s class.


Upon her crowning, Twitter overflowed with angry, post-9/11 racial hatred. “Miss New York is an Indian. With all due respect, this is America” chimed one tweeter. Another angrily writes, “How the fuck does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots.” Actually, no she’s not an “Arab,” she’s an American-born Hindu of South Asian descent. – See more at: http://www.thenation.com/article/176258/miss-america-nina-davuluri-not-symbol-progress#sthash.CGtv5hse.dpuf
Upon her crowning, Twitter overflowed with angry, post-9/11 racial hatred. “Miss New York is an Indian. With all due respect, this is America” chimed one tweeter. Another angrily writes, “How the fuck does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots.” Actually, no she’s not an “Arab,” she’s an American-born Hindu of South Asian descent. – See more at: http://www.thenation.com/article/176258/miss-america-nina-davuluri-not-symbol-progress#sthash.CGtv5hse.dpuf
Upon her crowning, Twitter overflowed with angry, post-9/11 racial hatred. “Miss New York is an Indian. With all due respect, this is America” chimed one tweeter. Another angrily writes, “How the fuck does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots.” Actually, no she’s not an “Arab,” she’s an American-born Hindu of South Asian descent. – See more at: http://www.thenation.com/article/176258/miss-america-nina-davuluri-not-symbol-progress#sthash.CGtv5hse.dpuf
Upon her crowning, Twitter overflowed with angry, post-9/11 racial hatred. “Miss New York is an Indian. With all due respect, this is America” chimed one tweeter. Another angrily writes, “How the fuck does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots.” Actually, no she’s not an “Arab,” she’s an American-born Hindu of South Asian descent. – See more at: http://www.thenation.com/article/176258/miss-america-nina-davuluri-not-symbol-progress#sthash.CGtv5hse.dpuf
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