Jane Elliott, famous for her “Eye of the Beholder” practice of allowing children to see prejudice, has had a quote going around. Here it is:
" A white woman, race educator Jane Elliot says to an auditorium full of people “I want every white person in this room who would be happy to be treated as this society, in general, treats our citizens – our black citizens – if you, as a white person, would be happy to receive the same treatment that our black citizens do in this society, please stand.” Unsurprisingly, no one moves. She pauses. “You didn’t understand the directions. If you white folks want to be treated the way blacks are, in this society, stand.” More marked silence and lack of movement. She continues, “Nobody’s standing here. That says very plainly that you know what’s happening. You know you don’t want it for you. I want to know why you’re so willing to accept it or to allow it to happen for others.”
LINK to the quote.
What do you all think? If nobody raises their hand does it prove prejudice and racism?
To turn this around, what would happen if she asked black people if they would want to be treated the same as whites?
You could even change it further. Would a person living a middle class life want to change places with a person who is blind or in a wheelchair? Would that confirm prejudice against the disabled?