A brilliant social experiment was done in Lithuania where a new migrant to the country has a Facebook post that is ladened with racist themes targeted directly at him.
It is written in Lithuanian so he asks a local to translate it for him into English.
Check it out for yourself
The audio is in English and there are Lithuanian subtitles
It’s fascinating to see how people who are reading someone else’s words are affected by racism and how it says to me that the vast majority of us are not that way inclined, which obviousky is brilliant.
My favourite part of the video is when one gentleman, upon reading the racist post, says “there’s no like useful information here for you”. I don’t think you could define racism better
This video is powerful, disturbing, uncomfortable and I think a must watch for everyone who wants to learn a bit more about how a minority might feel.
The teacher is Jane Elliot. Jane is also a diversity trainer who developed the Angry Eyes Exercise otherwise known as the “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” exercise to teach students what it feels like to be a person of colour.
This video begins pretty abruptly, where one of the students who’s been singled out based on eye colour is extremely frustrated. The exercise shows how when an uncontrollable attribute, in this case the colour of someone’s eyes…or indeed the colour of your skin…effects you when you get treated in a prejudicial way.
I am way underselling this and trying to sound like I know what I’m talking about…I think you should just watch the footage.
The Youtube clip has a write up that says
Racism is a system of advantage based on race. Do you believe white racism exists? Do you believe black racism exists? How has white racism adversely affected the lives of black people in America? How has black racism adversely affected the lives of white people in America? Black people or any minority race can hate white people all they want but it has no power to impact a whole group of white people.
Centuries of slavery followed by systemic racism—such as share cropping, black codes, Jim Crow—have acted as “virtual re-enslavement” policies that continue today. The practice of lynching was done by families, women and children, who would smile and grin at blacks being hung, or tied to a truck with their bodies dragged through the streets until the limbs came apart. Although not everyone is traumatized by a particular incident, slavery is not about one incident but a lifetime of incidents.
Brown Eyes-Blue Eyes Experiment – “The Angry Eye”
By Ms. Jane Elliot
One terrifying statement in the video, and I hope you made it right the way through is when 80 year old Jane Elliot says “things are better than they were when I was 13…they’re not as good as when I was 50.”
One of the most incredible uses of social media to get a message out that I have ever seen. If you’re not impacted by this then you are emotionally dead. You must watch this…then you must share it.
An incredible piece of footage…that we should never have to see as the issue shouldn’t exist.
This is the kind of footage that should win every ad agency award in the world.
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Friday afternoon inspiration.
German students make a fake advert where a Mercedes runs over a young Hitler.
Mercedes are not very happy with the advert, and I wonder if it’s just that they are protecting a past customer