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Even the title of the program is divisive and negative, 'How Racist Are You?' is implying you are already racist, now they just want to know to what degree. Shameful.
You'll never see a child born into a working class family become a successful MP, doctor or banker.
Originally posted by Mike_A
Was I the only one that thought it was incredibly racist against white people?
It implicitly and explicitly stated, with no challenge offered, that all white people and only white people were inherently racist.
It continually stated that anyone who disagreed with the experimenter on the issue that white people were racist were in denial thus pre-emptively dismissing any argument made to the contrary.
In another room monitoring the experiment/exercise were two experts (I don't think we were given any details about these people) who both consistently reinforced the notion that white people specifically are inherently racist even though this really didn't have any connection with the exercise as it was originally carried out. This position was never challenged except by those taking part who, as stated earlier, were pre-emptively dismissed as being in denial.
Watching this I kept hoping that the conclusion would explain how everyone was manipulated into taking a tribal stance (blue eye vs brown, black vs white) and that this is how racism propagates.
But it didn't, it ended with the exercise leader saying out right that if you were white and educated in the UK then you are either inherently racist or an idiot because you didn't understand that they were teaching you that white people are superior.
Originally posted by andy1033
lol, why do you bother watching, london is very anti white now.
Why bother watching.
The experiment was specifically designed to highlight the issue of racial discrimination when you are not white whilst living in a society which is predominantly governed by white people. It was not designed to highlight the vast array of prejudices that reside within us all.
She actually stated that white people are conditioned to the myth of white superiority from birth, something I believe was definitely the case forty years ago, but has changed since, if only for a small minority. So I agree somewhat with her statement.
The idea of dismissing without argument was to highlight the fact that it matters not that you have an opinion, but that you do not have a choice or a right to argue, if you are unwilling to accept this you are labelled as disruptive, you will not be listened to because you have blue eyes.
I too was hoping this would deal with the issue of racism from all areas, but that is not what her experiment is about.
One thing she mentioned that was fundamental in my opinion, was when asked:
"Do you think there are things white people should feel guilty about"
her reply was
"Yes, behaviours, white behaviours, but I don't think you do those things because you are white, but because you are ignorant"
And that to me is the crux of the matter, address your ignorance and you can break down the judgemental barriers we all hold inside.
I wouldn't expect the experiment to be exactly the same as that which took place back in the 60's, the divide was far greater then and prejuduce was more readily accepted, she was also dealing the children, and a US which was dealing with black civil liberties.
Jane Elliott, admittedly made sweeping statements which are hard to swallow, but was never asked or pointed out her view on the existence of racism within ethinic minorities, but I can't assume she would deny it exists.
I think that white lady in the blue eyed section that totaly disrupted the activity was completly rude and obliviouse to the fact that there is racism in modern brition. The comment about a black young boy would be searched by the police more than a white young boy is completly true, becuse of the sterotypical way they are viewed, yes ok mabie her boy has been checked but OVERALL the young boy with the dark skin coulor would be checked OVERALL more times than the white skin coulored boy.