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  • Many years after the experiment Jane Elliott held a class reunion, and many of the participants reported that their experience had had a profound effect on their attitudes.

    A more recent documentary about her work is (1995). "Blue Eyed is by far the most comprehensive and useful video on my work available; it sums up 28 years of experience in schools, universities and corporations." (Jane Elliott). In 2001 another documentary, entitled , was released.

  • (2004) is a documentary on the racial attitudes of Canadians towards Native Canadians. It is the first time that Jane Elliot has brought the exercise to Canada. It was filmed in Regina, Saskatchewan.

    Jane Elliott is an outspoken anti-racism activist, feminist and LGBT activist, but if you ask her, she simply says, "I prefer to be called an educator."

    Jane Elliott is famous for creating the "blue-eye/brown-eye" exercise, which she developed the day after Martin Luther King's assassination. That day back in 1968, she was going to teach her third-grade class about Native Americans and the Sioux prayer that goes "Oh Great Spirit, keep me from ever judging a man until I have walked a mile in his moccasins." However, after she learned about King's assassination she defied convention.

    She divided her class according to each child's eye color. The children with blue eyes would be superior to the children with brown eyes. All class privileges would be taken away from the children with brown eyes and given to the children with blue eyes. She would encourage the blue-eyed children to play only with other children with blue eyes while the children with brown eyes were denied the privilege of using the playground. The following day she reversed the roles.

    The result of the exercise was a group of children with a new view of diversity and acceptance. Jane also experienced a life-changing moment that would lead her to a new life of teaching others about the meaning of acceptance and a new identification as the "foremother" diversity training.

  • Jane Elliot
    Elliot on Rosetti and Ryan in 1977
    Born (1947-01-17) January 17, 1947 (age 69)
    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Occupation Actress
    Years active 1960–present

    According to Elliott, while the exercise proved to be awakening for her students, it did not go over well with many residents of her hometown. She and her children were harassed, she says, and were called names such as "nigger lover". Furthermore, she claims, residents even began boycotting a business run by one of Jane Elliott's family members. Eventually, she moved to a nearby community.[]

Jane Elliott: Don't give me "I doubt". Yes or no?

Jane Elliott:
Assimilate really means - act white. Assimilate means - be as similar to the power group as you possibly can be, which means act white. And you can turn intelligent, bright, commited conscientious, ambitious people into people who act lazy and slubberly and stupid and slow and unmotivated and you can do it in fifteen to twenty minutes and that's what you're going to do this morning.