Jane Elliott, internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is, an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors.
Turning her frustration into passion, Jane Elliot developed one of her best know exercises after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Jane had had enough with racism.
The Blue Eye / Brown Eye Exercise.
I have always been an empath and I am constantly attempt to find tools to teach empathy – this does exactly that. Participants exposed to Jane Elliott’s work, through lecture, workshop, or online video, usually have some form of emotional reaction.
That is entirely the point.
What is the Brown Eye / Blue Eye Exercise ?
This exercise labels participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience of being a minority.