Jane Elliott devised the blue eye/brown eye experiment in 1969, after the murder of Martin Luther King

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. Everyone who is exposed to Jane Elliott’s work, be it through a lecture, workshop, or video, is dramatically affected by it.

From the facilitator guide of the experiment

Blue Eyed lets viewers participate vicariously in the “Blue-Eyed/brown eyed” exercise. In the video, we see adults from Kansas City, Missouri, who were invited by a local organization, “Harmony,” to take part in a workshop about appreciating diversity. We watch as the group is divided according to eye color. Since the blue-eyed people are “on the bottom” they are crowded into a small, hot room without enough chairs and watched by strict security. Jane Elliott leaves them for a long while without any information while she prepares the brown-eyed people to be “on the top.” The brown-eyed people are given answers to test questions and instructed to demean the blue-eyed people. When the blue-eyed people are brought into the room, some are required to sit at the feet of the brown-eyed people as Jane Elliott treats them according to negative traits that are commonly assigned to people of color, women, lesbians and gay men, people with disabilities, and other non-dominant members of society.

Jane Elliott is unrelenting in her ridicule and humiliation of the blue-eyed people. When participants express sadness, shame, or tears, she drills in the point that participants only have to live this reality during the workshop, while people of color receive this treatment for a lifetime. Despite the fact that the group is participating voluntarily and, to some extent, knows what to expect, it seems clear that the exercise is painful. The blue-eyed participants experience humiliation and powerlessness.

I do remember watching this on Frontline, years ago. It was powerful and meant to instill awareness and empathy. I feel this idea was appropriated and is being misused to manipulate the democratic process in this country.

I have been thinking about the showΒ  a lot lately. I feel that for the past year or so, the media is conducting this experiment on us. The blue eyed people are the ones not voting for Obama.

It was Hillary votersΒ  who were the blue eyed people in the beginning. They were called low information, racist, bitter – and their candidate ridiculed constantly.

The brown eyed people were the Obama people which were called young, hip, educated, cool – while their candidate praised non stop for over a year now.

Once the general election started, the blue eyed people extended to the Republicans, independents – and anyone else not voting for Obama. They are called repeatedly racist, hateful and ignorant their candidates ridiculed and humiliated. Even a private citizen, a voter who dared question the brown eyed people candidate became the object of ridicule, persecution and hatred.

Unlike the original version, this version of the experiment is not voluntary and its purpose is to manipulate the will of the people not to foster understanding as originally conceived.

Update

Another non-Obama voter comes under fire

A radio host interviews a TX woman who got a call from the Obama campaign which asked her if she was going to vote for Obama. She said No because Obama voted 4 times in the state senate to let babies die in the hospital closet.
The next thing she knows she gets a visit from 2 Secret Service agents accusing her of making a death threat against Obama, then saying she was RUDE on the phone and by the way What Are Her THOUGHTS About Obama?