Teacher and diversity trainer Jane Elliott talks about her “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise,” the construct of race and what everyone can do in the fight against racism.
The name “Jane Elliott” might not ring any immediate bells for the younger generation.
But in light of recent events, the work of the American schoolteacher is being shared anew on social platforms, for a whole new audience.
Elliott is a longtime white ally and anti-racist activist who created the infamous ‘brown eyes, blue eyes experiment’ in the 1960s, to teach young children about prejudice.
More than 50 years on, her lessons are sadly more relevant than ever.
Which is why a clip of Elliott breaking down how racism is taught to kids has gone viral.