November 25, 2007

Experiment proves racism

Black people's reality rebuffedOn the first day, she told the blue-eyed students that they were better, smarter, would get more time on the playground and could get seconds at lunch. The brown-eyed students had to drink from a cup, not the water fountain, and would endure unwarranted criticism of their behavior.

Almost instantly, the brown-eyed children began to wither. Their second-class citizenship, just hours old, had begun to affect their performance in class. And the blue-eyed students reveled in their privileged status. "I felt like I was a king," one of the blue-eyed boys said, "like I ruled them brown-eyes. Like I was better than them. Happy."

Contrast that with the despair of a brown-eyed student: "The way they treated you, it felt like you didn't even want to try to do anything."

The next day, Elliott told her students she'd been mistaken, that brown-eyed students were better, smarter. And the students who had been discriminated against the day before adopted the attitudes of the oppressor. When they were the lower class, the brown-eyed children struggled for more than five minutes to get through a flash-card exercise; when they were on top, they whizzed through the cards in under three minutes. "The only thing that had changed was that now, they were superior people," Elliott said on the tape.

3 comments:

Commodore Bret said...

It's pure twaddle.

Adults don't base their whole lives on the subtle ideas others project. They mostly base their whole lives on who they really are.

Even Steve Sailer can tell you that.

Rob said...

If the experiment is "twaddle," then go ahead and prove it's wrong. Saying you disagree with the results is intellectually worthless. It's like a child stamping his feet because the sun won't listen to him.

russell said...

Writerfella here --
And all of that begs the question, "To whom does the sun listen?" The White Man? Just asking...
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'