She’s been called Oprah’s most controversial guest ever. “Oprah introduced me once as the person who received the most hate mail in the history of her show,” says Jane Elliott. “I guess I make people angry with the truth.”
As Republicans sweep back into power, many are asking why. Jane has an answer: “We’re led by fear. We’ve been taught to hate.” Jane posits we are experiencing an epidemic of “colorism” in this country. “It’s not about brown eyes or blue eyes. It’s about ignorance and repression. Hitler did it first.”
Today on BOLD, LeGrande Green interviews the internationally renowned educator about the roots of her shocking, tell-it-like-it-is approach. She is widely regarded as America’s most dynamic diversity trainer.
In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. over thirty years ago, Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” exercise. This now-famous 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