Monday, March 30, 2009

“Every person of color in this country knows more about racism than I’ll ever know, because they have to live with it every day," -- Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott created her "Blue Eyes / Brown Eyes" exercise for her Iowa third-grade pupils in 1968. For an entire day, she conducted her class as if the brown-eyed children were superior to those with blue eyes, to help the students learn the concept of racism.

A 1970 photo shows Jane Elliott's class in the midst of the "Blue Eyes / Brown Eyes" exercise. The blue-eyed children toward the back of the line are wearing collars.

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