039 JANE ELLIOTT: “Oprah’s Most Controversial Guest”

She’s been called Oprah’s most controversial guest ever. “Oprah introduced me once as the person who received the most hate mail in the history of her show,” says Jane Elliott. “I guess I make people angry with the truth.”

As Republicans sweep back into power, many are asking why. Jane has an answer: “We’re led by fear. We’ve been taught to hate.” Jane posits we are experiencing an epidemic of “colorism” in this country. “It’s not about brown eyes or blue eyes. It’s about ignorance and repression. Hitler did it first.”

Today on BOLD, LeGrande Green interviews the internationally renowned educator about the roots of her shocking, tell-it-like-it-is approach. She is widely regarded as America’s most dynamic diversity trainer.

In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. over thirty years ago, Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” exercise. 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

Strap on your seat belts. It’s going to be a BOLD flight into awareness. Jane Elliott’s site is www.janeelliott.com. Join the conversation at www.getboldtoday.com.

Check out this episode!

Posted on November 5, 2014 in Episodes

Responses (5)

  1. Aggie L
    June 19, 2015 at 5:34 pm ·

    Thanks for this segment. I had seen Jane Elliott in action before, but this is even more enlightening.

    For me it’s hard not to get angry and that’s one up from apathy, so will help ‘shift happen’.

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  3. Beverly Dale
    February 10, 2015 at 4:06 pm ·

    Laura Elliott is now my new role model. I want to be like her when I get old(er) 🙂 Thank you for introducing her.
    Rev Bev

  4. MLR
    January 18, 2015 at 6:21 pm ·

    Ms Elliot is a visionary with her “blue eye/brown eye’s” test. A truth teller of American reality that bestows an inherent advantage of racial preference at the expense of others unlike themselves. A professional educator to be admired for unmasking the ugliness lying at the crux of Western society.

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