Question 1 In Elliot’s experiment, the implications of discrimination under arbitrary settings were evident. The children were classified into groups of superior and inferior solely based on their eye colour. They were then designated to take turns to become the superior group in the classroom. In the beginning, the children managed to identify the “inferior group” of people who had not been treated equally in the society, especially the black people. The children initially thought that they could
society would describe race as something we are born into the world with , however things are not always what they seem and by examining and reading the readings by Omi and Winant, Buechler, McDonald, Montagu and watching the films ‘Skin’ and ‘Jane Elliot’s social experiment documentary’, we are able to see and analyse that race is a pre-eminently sociohistorical concept that has been socially constructed with no scientific reliability over time. Race can be interpreted and understood in many different
1. Watch the segment between 3.30” and 18.12” of Appendix A, a video entitled “Jane Elliot’s Brown Eyes Blue Eyes” (where Elliot conducts her experiment in her Third Grade—Primary 3—class). How would you use both Charles Taylor and Beverly Tatum in discussing what Elliot uncovers from her experiment? There is a correlation between the idea of recognition and identity. One’s identity is constructed based on recognition, or its absence, and often by the misrecognition of others. (Taylor, 1994) The
Elliot wanted to find a way to present her 1st-grade class with knowledge on prejudice and discrimination. She conducted an exercise separating those with blue and brown eyes. The first day of the experiment she proclaimed those with blue eyes to be the most superior, where she showed favoritism towards the higher eye group. Whereas the next day, she showed the same favoritism and superiority for those with brown eyes (Elliot, 2003). This exercise affected the students’ performance.