Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott is a retired third grade school teacher, activist, speaker and traveling educator. She became world famous for her Blue Eyes Brown Eyes experiment after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. What makes Jane so different from other White activists is her ability to trigger gut-wrenching emotions out of her White counterparts. Something that other White activists aim to do, but can never do. You know I’m going to post video links of her in action so keep reading…

Through a number of tough exercises and experiments, Jane forces White individuals (both young and old) to experience the same feelings and emotions that Black people frequently experience in regards to racism and prejudice. Her methods are raw and many break down quickly which is exactly what Jane wants them to do. Why? Because in an experiment that causes both men and women to breakdown, she proves the valid point that if an individual can’t handle being treated in such a way for less than a day, imagine having to deal with such treatment for a lifetime.

As a Black woman I, like so many other Black women and men, was taught at an early age to be strong and to never breakdown or buckle when it comes to racism and prejudice. Why? Because our parents knew of the things we would soon encounter and they wanted to make sure that we were prepared to not only deal with it, but also face it.

What I and millions of other people around the world appreciate about Jane Elliott is her willingness and fearlessness to discuss racism, prejudice and how it disproportionately affects minorities. It’s no wonder why her presence is requested all around the world. If you want to see this phenomenal woman in action, click here, here and here.

Until next time…

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