In 1968 and again in 1969 and above in 1970, teacher Jane Elliott ran experiments on racism on her class using brown eyes and blue eyes to divide students into groups. The original documentary and this one shows the effects of what happens when blue eyed children, the first to be treated well, are then treated in a manner consistent with racism to a simple degree. The behavior of the children that have blue eyes is stunning. They retreat into themselves, display anger, and often can be seen becoming sad or upset. Their privilege is gone and now they are forced to be judged as they judged the brown eyes. At the end of the experiment, on of the blue eyed boys spends a lot of time trying to rip the collar she made them wear so they could tell what color eyes the child had from a distance to simulate skin color reaction in people. He spent a long time wrapping it around his hands and trying to tear it any way he could but it wouldn’t tear. Watch this clip as often as you like as I’m not sure how long it’s going to be there for observation purposes. Soak in the nuances of the blue eyed children’s behavior and notice how they react to their surroundings.
This is what is happening in white society today as whites become the minority in society.
There is discomfort behavior, where often the person reasons that white culture or white exclusivity is failing and needs to somehow be paid attention to such as with white awareness month or white college funds. The discomfort ranges from frowning upon uncomfortable situations like making a decision if something is racist or not or if it even should qualify as racist. What’s the big deal, I’m not racist. Then the agitated behavior when someone is treated differently by a brown eyed person who doesn’t talk to them or treats them with some degree of standoffishness or indifference. How dare they judge me, I’m not racist. The agitated behavior also occurs when a brown eyed person is doing something he or she has always done but is now being credited for like going through drill cards faster or not forgetting his or her glasses. Note especially the behavior that the blue eyed children respond with when compliments are no longer forthcoming and are turned around in an opposing direction, there is agitation and anger there masked with disappointment or unfairness. Also pay special attention to the kids when they have to wear the collars now. They are uncomfortable and often act as though it is heavy for them. Their body language changes and the children actually start acting differently becoming defensive, quiet, plotting and often oversensitive.
I would imagine if the experiment were allowed to continue beyond a week or one day, the rationale of the blue eyed children would become very tense and very edgy or sharp. “Politically Incorrect” if you will. Brown eyed children would begin to be ostracized for succeeding and called out for activist roles even though there are pockets of blue eyed children that still believe they are the best there is and that they are the majority. There would divisional lines drawn up on playgrounds where some brown eyed children would be asked to return to and not leave because it’s where they originally played in the playground. There would be brown eyed children denied access to areas of the playground where blue eyed children loved to play the most even though those areas are big and their numbers are small. I can see some blue eyed children that play with the brown eyed children being ostracized and dealt with like they had given up on their own group and have done the unthinkable. As the children aged and went on to high school, things would become violent and certain behaviors expected out of brown eye children would be ignored in blue eyed children or at least excused. Detention and suspension would ruin your whole life and someone would never recover from that stigma. Blue eyed teenagers would begin to oppress the brown eyed students out of certain hallways and causeways, claiming them as their own. Brown eyed teenagers would fight back by being defiant and loud, doing things they knew would irritate the blue eyed teenagers more. Soon, things such as simple personal boundaries would be blown out of proportion and violations would be ridiculous and juvenile. Name calling and finger pointing would occur and the teachers, the teachers would do nothing. They are too busy trying to educate through this unholy mess using common core learning which teaches how to subtract one from one in a long over-complicated equation. The government wouldn’t care because they are just kids and can’t vote yet. The parents would be angry that this is what has been done to their precious children without receiving the lesson from the package.
This my friends, is exactly what is happening today. Take a moment to check if your eyes are brown or blue.