“If you as a white person would be happy to receive the same treatment that our black citizens do in this society – please stand!” and even on multiple repetitions, no one stood up. These were the words spoken by Jane Elliot to the group of people undergoing the blue-eyed/brown-eyed experiment to make her point right at the beginning that blacks and whites are not treated the same way or in a manner any white would want to be treated.
This world is moving towards globalization and diversity is a hot topic being discussed all over. Managing cross-cultural groups and teams, resolving conflicts, removing superiority complexes has become a task on its own because people from different races, cultures and ethnicities are coming together to work. America has been experiencing the fundamental fact of Racism, i.e. an aggressive behaviour towards members with different physical characteristics and taking oneself as inherently superior, since the sixteenth century with the arrival of African slaves (Daniel Little, 2010). Even with so much advancements and cultural tolerance, blacks have been encountering subtle and sometimes not so subtle racism every day; how they are discriminated against each day.
Essential Blue-Eyed jogs our memory as to how easily we learn prejudices and accept the view which is of privilege to us. This point was emphasized in the video when the blue-eyed people are removed from their privileged zone for only a short amount of time and how uncomfortable they become during that short span. The blue-eyed when exposed with challenged power balance and their biases confronted, they started feeling uncomfortable and frustrated. They were taken with a prejudiced opinion that they would not be able to achieve high scores on the test because they are not smart enough and were perceived with an unfavourable opinion (being stupid) without reason which was frustrating for the blue-eyed people.