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Jane Elliott, a pioneer in racism awareness training, was first inspired to action by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. As a third grade teacher in an all-white, all Christian community, she struggled for ways to help her students understand racism and discrimination. She adopted the "Blue-eyed/brown-eyed" exercise, (in which participants are treated as inferior or superior based solely on the color of their eyes) as a result of reading about the techniques the Nazis used on those they designated undesirable during what is now called the Holocaust.

Elliott contends that "A person who has been raised and socialized in America has been conditioned to be a racist... We live in two countries, one black and one white." In contrast to the more usual encounter group strategy, the feisty Elliott believes it’s important for whites to experience the emotional impact of discrimination for themselves.
Jane Elliott’s approach is especially relevant today. It demonstrates irrefutably that even without juridical discrimination, hate speech, lowered expectations and dismissive behavior can have devastating effects on minority achievement. Black members of the blue-eyed group forcefully remind whites that they undergo similar stresses, not just for a few hours in a controlled experiment, but every day of their lives. And Elliott points out that sexism, homophobia and ageism work in the same way.

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The Angry Eye
"The Angry Eye" is a dynamic and provocative documentary, showcasing Jane Elliott's world famous Blue-Eyed/Brown-Eyed exercise in discrimination.
"The Angry Eye" is a dynamic and provocative documentary, showcasing Jane Elliott's world famous Blue-Eyed/Brown-Eyed exercise in discrimination. The tables are turned on white American College students as they are forced to experience the same kind of racist treatment African Americans and other mi... read more
Blue Eyed
Jane Elliott's racism awareness exercise shocked the nation with its demonstration of discrimination & introduced diversity training in 1968. Now, she has brought her "blue-eyed brown/eyed" exercise to corporations.
Jane Elliott’s simple racism awareness exercise shocked the nation with its demonstration of the devastating impact of discrimination and introduced the basic concept of diversity training in 1968. Now, she has brought her seminal "blue-eyed brown/eyed" exercise to numerous corporations, government ... read more
Indecently Exposed
Filmed in Regina, Sask., Indecently Exposed illustrates and exposes how systematic racism continues to thrive in Canada today.
Filmed in Regina, Sask., Indecently Exposed illustrates and exposes how systematic racism continues to thrive in Canada today. I’m your resident bitch for the day - welcome to the workshop!" -Anti-racism expert Jane Elliott That’s how anti-racism expert Jane Elliott describes her role in this realit... read more
The Stolen Eye
Viewers of The Stolen Eye will feel less defensive and freer to discuss their own experiences of discrimination as analogous but not redundant to those of the film’s participants. This is a must-buy for any of Jane Elliott’s many admirers.
The Stolen Eye is the latest Jane Elliott films documenting her “blue eyed/brown eyed” diversity training exercise. This is ironic because unlike the others, it is not set in America whose black/white racial dynamic gave birth to the technique. Instead Elliott brings together a group of Aborigines a... read more
Wide Eyed
New film featuring Jane Elliot from Blue Eyed In 1968, in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a third grade teacher, Ms. Jane Elliott, involved her students in an exercise in discrimination based on eye color.
New film featuring Jane Elliot from Blue Eyed In 1968, in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a third grade teacher, Ms. Jane Elliott, in all-white, all-Christian, Riceville, Iowa, involved her students in an exercise in discrimination based on eye color. It was her attempt ... read more