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…

Viola Gregg Liuzzo

Does the name above ring a bell? Many have never heard of her even though she played a pivotal role during the Civil Rights movement. If you’ve never heard of her, I’m going to educate you briefly about her.

Viola Gregg Liuzzo was a White woman and mother of five who was killed in Selma, Alabama on March 25, 1965. Why was she killed? Because she was shuttling Black Civil Rights activists back and forth in an effort to try and keep them safe. Viola participated in many marches because she herself came from a poor background and grew up in the heavily segregated South. Primarily in Tennessee.

Viola was passionate about life and she wanted everyone regardless of their color to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect. Sadly, her efforts came to a tragic end when a group of Klan members gunned her down after spotting a Black male in the car with her. She was a “race mixer” and a traitor in their eyes and because of that, they decided to take her life. How sad.

Her assailants would go through a number of trials that resulted in acquittals and hung juries. In short, she hardly received any justice even though three of her attackers received a light sentence. When I see how the amount of racism, prejudice and hate is rearing its ugly head in unprecedented numbers, I think to myself how such ideas and mentalities are a waste of life.

If you are going to dislike someone, base it off of their character and not their skin color, ethnic background or socioeconomic status. To take a person’s life because they are of another race, ethnic background or because they choose to be friends with a different race is disgusting.

Its time to come together now more so than ever. Don’t believe me? Just take a look around. Until next time…