Introduction: The Angry Eye (01:06)
After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jane Elliott decided to talk about racism in a more concrete way with her third grade students.
Psychological Exercise (04:33)
Elliott will attempt to show participants what it is like to be something other than white; negative traits are assigned based on eye color. An African American man explains his experience with his children and schools.
High School Reunion (01:54)
In August 1984, former Riceville, Iowa students that participated in Elliott's third grade experiment reunite. They reflect on their feelings during the experiment.
Stolen Generation (02:26)
In Australia, an Aboriginal woman reflects on the 1937 "breeding out" program, the prevalence of discrimination, and the impact on her life.
Blue Eyes-Brown Eyes Exercise: 8 AM (03:15)
Elliott likens the exercise to an injection of racism. Students reflect on the experiment before it starts. At 8 AM, Elliot divides the group by eye color.
Blue Eyes-Brown Eyes Exercise: 9 AM (14:01)
Elliott recalls the experiment in her third-grade class; see a clip of “Eye of the Storm.” Today, she approaches the exercise with a mean attitude. Follow the first part of the exercise, beginning with instructions and commands, and hear student reflections.
Blue Eyes-Brown Eyes Exercise: Frustration (07:57)
Blue-eyed students continue reading signs on the wall and face criticism; a student gets angry and leaves the room. Elliott extends the exercise beyond making the point to "nail it down"; hear student reflections.
Blue Eyes-Brown Eyes Exercise: Reactions (06:18)
Students record how the other group appeared during the exercise and how they felt. Elliott likens reactions to the five stages of grief and discusses student responses; hear student reflections.
Blue Eyes-Brown Eyes Exercise: 11:30 AM (02:24)
Elliott concludes the exercise and stresses the aspect of choice. Elliot and students reflect on the impact of the exercise.
Credits: The Angry Eye (00:43)
Credits: The Angry Eye
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