Jane Elliott addresses participants as they sign in and divides them into two groups; a man initially refuses to comply with directions. Hear a portion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
Elliott describes the purpose of the blue eye/brown eye exercise. She assigns negative traits to the blue-eyed group waiting in the holding room, instructs the brown-eyed group on behavior, and introduces the Dove Counterbalance Intelligence Test.
Elliott discusses creating the blue eye/brown eye exercise after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and community backlash. She tells the brown-eyed group to "act white."
Elliott leads the exercise, giving orders and criticism that forces the blue-eyed group to live down to expectations; she chastises them for submitting to tyranny. A participant describes what school is like for his children.
Participants share their feelings and perspectives about the blue eye/brown eye exercise. Elliott advises women to "get over cute" and discusses cooperating with oppression.
Credits: The 30-Minute Blue Eyed
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This powerful program is a condensed version of Jane Elliott's 1995 blue-eyed/brown-eyed exercise with adults in Kansas City, in which Elliott conditions a group of individuals to be biased based on eye color. It presents the 30 most powerful minutes of the exercise.
Length: 35 minutes
Copyright date: ©1996
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