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What Factors Impact Potential Racism & Prejudice in Children? A Review of Literature Christina Gagon Social Psychology 301 Professor Crenshaw April 24, 2014
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Jane Elliot The brown eyes experiment by Jane Elliot conducted within her classroom of third graders after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. This exercise focused on the aspect of stereotypes, discrimination and prejudice. It was an attempt to recreate the negative emotional and physical effects of racism within her classroom. Before the experiment, she asked for student opinion on minority groups. The responses mainly had dealt with belief statements regarding African Americans as being dumb and different from people that are white. They also discussed the decreased likelihood of opportunities to African Americans have verses the white community based on skin color. Jane Elliot continued dividing all students into unequal groups based off the color of their eyes, in hopes to help students understand the issue of racism within a class of all white students. In doing this, she was creating artificial stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination. In the early separation stage of the experiment, she treated the students as if they were inferior in the brown eye group to those in the blue eye group. Vast amount of limited boundaries was
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