A Class Divided

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A Class DividedElliott divided her class by eye color -- those with blue eyes and those with brown. On the first day, the blue-eyed children were told they were smarter, nicer, neater, and better than those with brown eyes.

Throughout the day, Elliott praised them and allowed them privileges such as a taking a longer recess and being first in the lunch line. In contrast, the brown-eyed children had to wear collars around their necks and their behavior and performance were criticized and ridiculed by Elliott.

On the second day, the roles were reversed and the blue-eyed children were made to feel inferior while the brown eyes were designated the dominant group. What happened over the course of the unique two-day exercise astonished both students and teacher.

On both days, children who were designated as inferior took on the look and behavior of genuinely inferior students, performing poorly on tests and other work.

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  • mazzy

    Excellent documentary.

  • http://www.mp3free4all.com Jenny

    This was a very interesting documentary. The easy way racism can be engraved in your mind so easily at an early age is scarey.

  • Sam

    This is about so much more than racism, this translates into every kind of discrimination. This experiment shows how stupid it is to have grades in school, talk down to kids, diagnose people as sick, as criminals, as sinners, creating a society based on competition or authority, etc.

  • Beate

    Agreed Sam!!
    One day of being talked down to, and having privileges taken away affected these kids performance and self-perception! Now take what this teacher did in her class and apply it to our social systems. Racism, discrimination, prejudice is everywhere!!!
    I'm white and I'm privilged---I absolutely recognize that! Racism has become so entrenched within our society it has become the norm--it isn't challenged--the media, our social institutions absolutely promote it--it's so disgusting and alarming--because we can't even recognize it anymore!
    I am part of the dominant group---and we maintain our white supremacy by doing exactly what this teacher did to the kids---and the kids believed it---they believed that they weren't good enough. She did it based on eye color, we do it based on skin color--the end result is the always the same--one group reaps the benefits and the other group is left with the scarce resources and the reprecussions of being seen as 'less.'
    We see it time after time---the white person gets hired over the black person, the crimes white people committ recieve lesser jail sentences than the one's minority groups committ, and the media---oh the media--perpetuating these stereotypes!! It's soooo frustrating---I see it everywhere--and I can't change the system. But at least I can go to bed at night--knowing that I don't live in a bubble of ignorance! This film was produced in the 60's--and it shows exactly what we're seeing today.

  • Epicurean_Logic

    Immense

    Much better than the other version 'how racist are you?'

    Jane Elliot A* Excellent

  • Lexie Neville

    My teacher used this in school on my class, and also tryed the experiment. I think it is an excellent Idea. And it has taught me well.

  • kamille

    performing this in elementary schools is a good idea, but you have to be very careful and sensitive to the children as it could harm some of their self-esteems if they already have self-esteem issues (although this is how you get them to understand).

  • TheRhythmThief

    This documentary is actually incredible. It's really interesting how the adults behave worse than the children.

  • Sirkka

    I think one of the most useful things this experiment showed is HOW people become prejudiced, and how easily. We all, even nice, educated, evolved adults who want to be open-minded and fair to everyone, have in us the potential to become prejudiced when certain factors combine. In the field of social psychology there is a whole area of research on prejudice and stereotypes. One of the coolest of these researchers is Vicki Esses, who is a professor in the University of Western Ontario's social psychology graduate program.

    I believe that the more we know about the factors that cause nice people to become prejudiced, the better we'll be able to resist their effects.

    Two other great studies that show how easily ordinary, nice people become less humane, are Zimbardo's prison study, and the Harvard authority study (where experimenters dressed like doctors and told people to administer painful electric shocks to other people).

    It's one thing to watch movies (i.e., Hotel Rwanda) and video's about prejudice and other atrocious behaviors and feel outraged by the actions of "bad people." What's harder and more important is to understand how good people (ourselves included) are not immune to behaving like bad people, and to know how to resist this under any circumstances.

  • http://www.mp3piles.com sara

    very touching

  • Rain

    Really good documentary on a really good experiment :)

  • Jack

    Thank you so much for making this documentary available. Two years ago, I made a conscious decision to always stimulate and strengthen my mind. I immediately stopped watching television, since it did the opposite, and now only seek propitious alternatives. If you are thinking of passing on this documentary, please don't. It expanded my mind in ways I cannot even begin to describe. Jane Elliott is a trailblazer.

  • Anne

    In response to Kamille's comment about being sensitive to children, is there any possibility that once exposed to the taste of domination, the kids would later on pursue a goal of regaining that feeling of "power"? Not through eye color, of course, but perhaps in a more subtle and subconscious (even to them) way?

  • Alexa

    Excellent documentary! NZers should watch this because of that Paul Henry situation in the media getting a bit out of control. Discrimination of all sorts is everywhere, even in a small country like NZ. I sometimes read people's comments saying that there is just too much political correction going on, and that Paul Henry having a laugh at a non-white's surname wasn't a big deal. I am not entirely certain if, in Paul Henry's mind, he really hate Indians and minorities in general, or he's just really laughing his ass off. Although his other comments regarding Indians did made him sound a bit discriminatory. Although I am not Indian, I still felt deeply offended by it and suddenly found myself hating the white tv presenter, even though deep down I really don't. I do think the person's surname sounds funny (dikshit - pronounced dixit), but I don't have anything against India, I actually love that place!
    If he laughed at a fellow white's surname, I don't think I would be that affected. It just shows how strongly we group ourselves against those whose colours or beliefs are not the same as ours, thinking that they hate us. As a child, I really never cared about this, until we had a Muslim boy in our Christian school and when I met a white man with green eyes for the first time. I was super curious, but not jealous or resentful. I thought "wow, green eyes...awesome!" and the Muslim boy turned out to be a fun person to hang around with! Nothing wrong with practising Christianity or Islam, as long as you don't judge people based on their beliefs. Even feminists shouldn't put down men so much. We should celebrate and respect one another's differences. Hate is hate, no matter what you call it.

  • Alexa

    so thanks for making this documentary available!

  • Rachel

    What about the ones with green eyes?

  • Platoson

    fascinating! what a brave and innovative teacher, good doc.

  • platoson

    I didn't think the teacher would be able to pull the same stunt with adults, so was surprised at how well she acted with the prison staff so much so that she was getting some of them really pissed off. A great experiment, though as she herself said, hopefully one day we won't need such a test.

  • http://secretsfordating.blogspot.com/ ASHU

    This documentary is so good with best material....

  • Brennan

    personally I think this experiment should be conducted in all elementary schools...

  • Maya

    It is an extraordinary excellent documentary. I strongly believe that the essence of all kinds of injustices is discrimination. You could see that it is all around the world

    If discrimination will be remove from our life , we will see he peace around the world,

  • Madison

    Rachel, green eyes went in the "blue" eye group.

  • duck

    I wonder what kind of future political correctness will forge??

  • Shasta

    This is actually illegal to run a copy of this copyrighted video program online.

    We can all be concerned about racism. But what about theft?

  • Kylieann

    Great documentary!! Shows how easily thoguhts and hatred can be brought into someone's life. As is pointed out, this applies to racism, however it also applies to any other aspect of our lives. Who hasn't know of a child's thoughts altered to fit the adult's explination? Makes you question the true start of your religious affiliations...

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Smith/100001171113095 Christopher Smith

    Seriously Shasta? Are you more concerned about theft over racism? Are you going to call the police, and have them trace IP addresses? Or will we get some moral preaching about how us viewers are screwing over PBS by not purchasing the DVD?

  • oddsrhuge

    There is such a thing as a "fair use" doctrine. In my mind that means, if you make it and it contains an opinion. It's only fair I get to see it for free.

    Specious, I realize, but try to refute it.

  • C' Aira Carter

    Wonder what the U.S. today would be like if this was done in every school? hmm.

  • yurushi

    Thank you so much for that brilliant documentary!

  • nyhaw

    what was the precursor to jane elliot remarkable lesson?

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  • lovejo

    soooooooooo excellent!!!! God bless all! WE ARE ALL ONE HEART ONE LOVE!!All beloved ANGELS support all these teachers who educate our precious children to know the equalness of all , and only judge oneself and others on our own actions and behavior towards mankind! oneheart

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=599722792 Reina Avila

    Reminds me of the book, The Wave, based on a true story of a similar experiment.

  • Chronic Chris

    You're wrong about everything you say in that comment.
    1. There's no god to bless us.
    2. We're not all one heart one love... you've completely misunderstood the meaning of the experiments' result: that it's the situation that defines what's right or wrong, if you were told that you were superior to others and were treated as such, then you would almost certainly feel and think you WERE superior to others. In other words, we LIKE to think that we are all equal, but in actuality were slaves to the circumstances, which all of reality is... so, yeah, equality is sort of like world peace, a nifty and cute idea, but no one but a naive child or self-righteous douches are arrogant enough to place themselves under the sugar-coated rainbow of a infantile concept like that.

  • Chronic Chris

    You're a prime example of political correctness gone wrong.
    He was laughing at the Indian guys name because it was humurous, it sounded like something obscene in his own language.
    By your logic, the Indian guy laguhing at my aunts name in the customs in India, was laughing at it because it's a European name,and not simply by the fact that my aunts name sounds like the word for whore/slut in Hindi.

    In fact, having this attitude is a double-standard, because you're automatically assuming that the white guy is doing something out of ignorance and cruelty.

    It's sort of like being a pacifist, and wish for all the war-mongering non-pacifists to die a gruesome and horrible death for not believing in peaceful solutions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.lesniewski Justin Lesniewski

    as excruciating as this is to watch, its a lesson that should be taught to everyone...at a young age. So that we can utterly destroy discrimination, injustices, elitism, inequality...social darwinism...

  • Nadia S

    one of my favorites, for sure, 5 stars...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1602001134 Lilis Marliani

    I was speechless. I have been living through this discrimination, not by color of eyes but by faith in my country in Indonesia. I'm a teacher and thinking is there anything I could do to help my students growing into a more fair and impartial society. It is really an inspiring experiment.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AV5QT4VHFCPW4SLQETTI4XZWUM Brad

    Well, except for most of humanity living in egalitarian hunter gatherer bands for 99% of human history. Equality isn't an infantile concept, it has been the basis of human social life for most of our extistence. Try reading a little about anthropology and paleo archaeology before shooting off at the mouth.

    If it's truely the situation that defines what's right or wrong, then a situation where people treat each other fairly and equaly would be defined as right. Contra your contention that equality is somehow infantile and false, whereas hierarchy is more "real".

  • jbriggs_87

    this movie was beautiful and i feel that i grew as a person and learned alot by watching it. Imagine black people were intelligent and motivated enough to enjoy this type of thing, we could all watch it together and really learn alot

  • http://profiles.google.com/showmereal g isaac

    I saw this years ago. It is still very powerful to me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLFE5TQIGSQPUVZHLFUCX66ZWY MattG

    Unfortunately, this is shoddy science that has never been reproduced in any peer-reviewed research. The test itself has no predictive value and is susceptible to manipulation by the test giver which is precisely what we see in this film. Elliot not so subtley helps and hinders the children's responses in accordance with the results she wants to hear. There is a reason why this kind of flashcard nonsense is not the way that tests with the greatest correlations with future academic achievement are done.

    Shoddy, feel-good, self-serving nonsense.

  • wheelnut53

    I'm black and I enjoyed it . when I was in the third grade the teacher told us black people were slaves that's it nothing about whether it was right or wrong it made me and the 3 other black kids feel like **** and everything that went wrong for us we felt was because we were black . needless to say friendships were made and lost accordingly .

  • KooKookaChoo

    "Imagine black people were intelligent and motivated enough to enjoy this type of thing" ... What is that supposed to mean, please? I am very confused, especially since you received 4 likes, because that sounds rather discriminatory towards black people. Although Wheelnut53 responded and did not seem offended, maybe I am too sensitive. But I would love a clarification for my own satisfaction. I can only hope you were joking, but some indication of that might be necessary to clear up any confusion.

  • jbriggs_87

    clearly, it was a joke :)

  • KooKookaChoo

    I'm sensitive, fair enough! lol
    I made that comment before I watched the film because I like to get a sense of what people think -- so part way through I started to realize that maybe you were joking, and I edited my comment to add that part in. Boy is my face red, sorry about that :D

  • Lorenzo Medina

    Well, Mr. Scientist! This is only a sample of how people plant racism in children's minds. The fact is that racist parents raise racist children. Some children become racist because of ethnic identity, compliance, peer pressure, interests, profits, benefits, status and so on. Others learn through training like hItler's youth. Others simple adopt racism as a way of survival. They are losers and are left only with the white card and they use it to put others down, just like the majority of neo-nazis and white supremacists today. I know you dismissed it because you are not sure how you feel!

  • zaphodity

    Excellent teacher.

  • Radient

    your comment raises the thought about how teaching a history lesson can create an emotional response in people, like feeling inferior (or superior) to others.. or just feeling hopeless or some other hurt or sad feeling. I wonder if part of teaching about the history of slavery should include some kind of preface about how it can make people feel.. and/or offering people who have feelings that are troubling them, after receiving the information, a place to go or people to talk to about their feelings.. a kind of debriefing?

  • Radient

    and/or people of mixed eye color.. Which is similar to biracial people passing as white.. Or it even could be, in this case, someone where colored contact lenses to change their eye color??

  • Radient

    I think that is the point Elliot was trying to make.. the idea of discrimination creating an emotional effect on another person.

  • Radient

    I think they made a children's after school TV show based on that.

  • Radient

    Interestingly.. there were no blind people.. people born without eyes.. they wud be the true outlaws I suppose.

  • Radient

    Elliot mentions how she thinks this kind of experiment can do good.. and/or harm to children.. I think that is important to remember too.. I suppose an adult could better process and be debriefed after the program.

  • wheelnut53

    granted this was back in either 1959 or 1960 before grief counselors and school nurses . No one bothered to ask me why I had a chip on my shoulder from then on

  • http://www.facebook.com/obdigobin Robin McNaueal

    Yes... it was called The Wave (which was also based on a true life California experiment). It was a HUGELY revealing film on how Hitler's Germany came to be. We all think it can't happen again or here. But those who say that are doomed to repeat it. This & the film The Wave are proof.

  • LarrytheLayman

    Similar experiments like this have been carried out with similar results. I remember reading about one, when they had a bunch of people, split the group in two, had one bunch be the prisoners, the other bunch be the guards. I think it was after something like 4 days or so they had to stop the experiement. Something similar happened a fair few years ago, but this was televised. It was on the BBC or channel 4 called The Experiment. That too had to be cancelled after so many days. Just placing someone in an environment is enough to have them act like the environment dictates.

  • http://twitter.com/LeftComments LeftComments

    MLK Jr's assassination the day before

  • RukiaBlackBlazer

    u jus dont get it do u? the fact tht u cry unfair unfair, aftr jus seeing, this, or watchin white folks, be under pressure for a day? think abt ovr 400yrs of tht??? if a free human, fines it unfair, to bare for `1day, y keep askin me a blackwoman, to forget abt my constant hurt, yall gave us??? and stop talkin abt us like, yall can see us... this test upsets white folks, bcus if it was, yall under PRESSURE, yall would've killed us in our sleep, yall fear we want revenge, but NVR EVR considered, tht all we really want is a fair shot, at human dignity, the test nor the tester is THE F N issue! wat ws it purpose, to teach white folks wat it'S like being black in your world, an all watching finally understood wat being black is like, yall could've done it from a cow's /black ponit of view, then yall would've been like, ""SAVE THE COWS""", I GET IT NOW???? "" BUT I ONLY WENT TO SCHOOL FOR A COUPLE OF TERMS, WHAT THE F%#@K! DO MY DUMB BLACK ASS KNOWS??? ONLY wat yall thought meh, nothing mor or less....

  • RukiaBlackBlazer

    BLUE EYES, OPPRESS 1, WAT D HELL BLACK FOLKS GOTTA WATCH AN LEARN ABT HOW yal make us feel evryday??? we getting it from all lightskin folks now!, those tht R lighter skin ,gave off the same smell, off BLACK GET BACK AS WHITES DO, & LETS not get into yall marketing campaign, off trillions of $$$ well spent to hav it so, remember wen the blue eyes started to rebel? many was against rebellion, wat was said abt them, tht they cant act, intelligently, motivated? haa haa YOU'VE KILL ALL WHO WAS MOTIVATED & DEMONIZE THE REST, Till we kno bttr now, you gotta learn tht bcus you lightskin,think tht u're the best human kind has to offer , wit only 1or 2 browns you choose to let in,,, only EXPERIENCES LIKE THIS WILL EVR TEACH YALL ANYTHING, BLACKS SHOULD START KIDNAPING WHITE FOLKS OFF TO THESE LECTURES.... PLS LEARN NOW, BCUS IN ABT 2MRE GENERATIONS, BLACK EDUCATED MOTHERS will TEACH THEIR KIDS, THEIR HISTORY, PLUS HOW TO PLAY THE GAME, keep demonizing the BLAckwoman to her MEN, let these educated women end up alone an demonized, wit her smart money scenes, i wonder wat she's gonna be made to teach her kids, jus to survive as a race? but yall thought of tht too, start telling her, theres no goood BLACKMEN FOR HER, ENCOURAGE, TO BREED OUTSIDE HER RACE, NO GOOD BLACKMEN FOR HER.......... YALL BANKING ON BLACKWOMEN GROWING TO HATE BLACKMEN, ONLY WAY OUT FOR YALL IS TO STOP OR BREED US OUT....

  • RukiaBlackBlazer

    the blue eyes tht were under pressure, do you think, they felt like every thing tht went wrong was because off there BLUE EYES/blackskin ? SO WAT THE HELL IS YOUR POINT??

  • RukiaBlackBlazer

    haa haa haa! yes everything i have experience was not bcus of my skin color milk/chocolate, jus tht am unevolved, it's time i stop blaming white folks for there unjust system, an pick my self up for my boot laces, haaa haa haa he ah comedian what else he's black ent? tht mofo ment it, ha ha ha.????..., yall real lucky as a blackwoman i would rather, curse yall asses out, then forget abt yall, than hitting yall wit ah bottle to the face, yall aint got no laws tht i kno off tht, says i cant curse yall out as loud as i can, then walk away, cause i kno we cant hit, so we curse yall out an move on, thts y at THIS POINT WE DONT WANNA MURDER YALL, JUS have a hearing!!! if white folks would jus listen!!!!!!!!!!!!! we'll feel heard, we dont wanna keep on being demonize, but dammmmmmmmmmn! even yall gods say, at some point, i had enough of this BS lets.. yall dont hav to gave up yall wealth, jus some off yall power, an your'll well trained mental slaves will forgave, we wanna MOVE ON soo bad but yall wouldnt lets us, show us 1 act of good faith, gave us BACK THE BLACK FAMILY, & THE CHANCE TO HAVE THE POWER YOU HAVE, BY MERIT, not submission... stop DEMEAN THE BLACK FAMILY OR BLACK LOVE, AND WE'LL KEEP TEACHING OR KIDS TO FORGAVE U, as a measure ur own self rightous goodness, " WELL WE NEED SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN, DONT WE"?? yall got white god, i got the white god u gave me, aftr u took minds, IMAGIN, EVERYTIME I THINK OFF GOD THE CREATOR I ALWAYS SEE A WHITEMAN , evn knowning a little of my history i still , pray too a WHITEGOD IN THE DARK, hmmmm yall got us real good, soo stop worry abt we seeking REVENGE, ON OUR GOD'S CHILDREN???? IMPOSSIBLE!, NOT now anyway maybe a generation or 2 mre off yall ,demonizing off THE blackfamily will do it, but not NOW, SO LEARN NOW OR FEEL IT LATER, TELL YOUR KIDS to leave folks alone, they need time to rebuild their families, Find Another Way To Rebel, my child, just give black folks time to reBUILD,.. our sSELF WORTH PEEEEeeeeaaaaassssseee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RukiaBlackBlazer

    so you would've been btr off not learning the truth? so u wouldve rather blame your mother & father? thts is y blacks true history isnt teached in schools, on a personal level, white america, feels it's only ah black issue, but being made to feel wat others may feel, is a bad thing???????? get 1 black spokesman, saying anything mean or slightly harsh to LIGHTSKIN FOLKS, & SEE HOW MUCH SUPPORT THEY GET FROM BLACKS, BUT WE all feel unworthy evryday we raise, as we fight to prove we're WORTHY, OFF RESPECT......... THOSE THT SCREAM an those tht conform quitely, still losing daily, how free can we be white masters?, this free, or tht free??? pls tel us lightskin folks created in god's beautiful lightskin image, pls tell us how to defend against yalll inner peaceful way white gods please, tell uss....

  • RukiaBlackBlazer

    imagin OVER 400YRS IN THT ENVIRONEMENT, is either blacks r the most FORGIVING OR THE STRONGEST race MENTALLY, IF WE ARE SOULLY RESPONSIBIE FOR what've bcom NOW, YALL cant have it boths ways, oh right it's YOUR GAME YOUR RULES, U win! if not then lightskin folks should stop talk crazy to us, cause if it was them, they would've KILLED US IN OUR SLEEP, THE BABBIES TO.. but we're well trained my masters, jus gave us back the black family, ( """""1 love everybody sing it 1LOVE!"""""...) HOW's tht working out for blackwomen?? start promoting blackskin couples, not the darkman & the light woman, thts leave out the hand tht rocks the cCRIBE, LISTEN yall will never evr get blackmen to stop BREED WIT blackskin women, WE GOT HIS BACK FOR 20,000YRS NW, BUT they can effect our VALUE TO blackmen, so wat is ah wel educated, well off lonely blackwoman to teach her kids????,y they dont have a daddy, in the next to generations if Lightskin FOLKS DONT CHANGE? thenWAT?!

  • mctell

    ever wonder what that red zaggy line is under all those words?

  • megan

    what about green eyed people??

  • Amalie

    When i meet people who seem racist or comes from familys where parents have told you (and media) that black do more bad stuff, i always ask "what if we all got the same skin color, oke? who is the bad guy? how do you sort out now? i think its the fear, easier to point fingers telling, hey its because he is black, hey its because he got a mental illness, people get a shock as soon they tell "he was a normally family guy" then you cant point fingers, damn what do we do then?
    I got a mental illness, that learned me to think about racism, how awfull it is to hear in news when they point out "a black person (then the crime", they never say "a white person (then the crime" why is that?
    I begin feeling victim, and its hard to accept and realized how evil some can be and how judgin.
    Mental ill is dangerous, that you hear from media and movies.
    Interesting enough, I lost friends i always known, when i got diagnosed and told them about it.
    Now its so important for me to step up and open peoples eyes here. Before i got the diagnosis, i listen to news and pointed fingers aswell, it learned me so much, im happy about that, ofc also hard that im now aswell so much stigmatized, its horible feeling.
    But i feel a better person today :)

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AUWR AUWR

    Isn't it sad that i think that this exercise should still be done in many places around the globe?

  • Alexander Jay

    gray too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1639796867 Natalie Plummer

    So, in short, you didn't learn anything from watching this film.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=659968015 Francis Katabarwa

    may god bless the world. this is very powerful and this exercise should still be done in many places around the would.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYMM4O3UQKSDBIGYFBJ56AOCFI Alexander

    We're above it all ;)

  • http://www.audrosu.com/ Aud Rosu The Red Hearer

    great documentary!

  • Congo Parker

    Very Powerful Doc. !

  • Leslie Payne Simmons-Hale

    I think several years ago John Stossel (I think that's who it was) did a documentary on how boys are called on more than girls in school. The teachers do it subconsciously.

  • Texas Wedge

    You're right. Most people don't realize that the African government was selling their own people as slaves for centuries to any country who would buy them. America was not the first to have slaves from Africa. In fact, many European countries had African slaves before Columbus ever "discovered" America. The problem was not created by Americans or Europeans or the Scottish or the Irish or by any of the countries other than Africa. Yet, the blame has never been put on Africa for what they did. That is why some people I know do NOT want to called African-American. They are simply, Americans.

  • redzz

    i have a few questions about this experiment

  • redzz

    can someone be nice enough to answer them for me?

  • redzz

    what is the purpose of this documentary? if you dont mind me asking

  • bfinancial

    It clearly shows that Collectivism is taught just like Individualism is. The purpose is to illustrate that if a free society's aim is to be harmonious and without animosity or any other effect of negativity that you can create, then the goal to attain would be best suited for a philosophy of Individualism.

  • Zebrabreeder

    The big difference is that slaves in Africa were treated like hired help, not brutalized as they were in America. They were free enough that they could go back to their village, which was sometimes days away, visit, and go back to servitude.

  • Sasha

    What does that have to do with how they were treated on American soil? Why don't you and others like you ever take the time in discussions like these to shame a group of human beings for how they treated and continue to treat this group via racist beliefs? Why do you divert the focus to a non-issue?? Who are you to tell someone how to process unfair treatment?? The psychological effects of racism as if you are the standard of human life by which they need to follow??; sounds familiar. There is only one reason--you enjoy attacking African Americans in these conversations, if you didn't you'd use these opportunities to shun evil instead of blaming the victim with responses like yours which is basically blaming Africans and their descendants for all of the murder, rape, brutality, etc. they have experienced and continue to experience on this soil. YOU are one of the reasons why racism is going no where because you on the sly defend it. Sick!!! FYI: slavery in Africa was a different affair in Africa--and is by no means JUSTIFICATION for how White racist treated them. I.E. Hanging black men at pic nics while children ate treats...then taking pieces of the victims body parts as souvenirs. Talk about that! All people are sick...including yours. Let's not be dismissive and avert that truth that still is as alive today as it was back then...

  • gwhosubex

    I wanted to scream in righteous satisfaction of this person's efforts, and in rage at the current system holding back something so sensible... The win-win situation is so easily perceived, yet assholes choose win-lose domination.

    The people on top prevent this all out of conflict of interest, gain, lack of introspection. It is precisely the lack of this understanding and exercise that the people on top not rolling this kind of teaching out are doing exactly that.

  • Matuvo Namikaze

    wow...i'm sure japanese or chinese kids woul;d have been much smarter than that, and would have stuck up for each other against the teacher

  • nestor

    i like what the women says (50 min)