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In the documentary film, A class divided, teacher Jane Elliott conducted an experiment with third graders in the small-town, Riceville, Iowa after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. Elliott’s goal was to teach the children about discrimination and stereotypes. This experiment provided an experience for the third graders to remember the feelings of being discriminated against by dividing them based on the colors of their eyes. It was after they were given this information, the blue-eyed students felt superior and different from those with the brown eyes. They then turned their attitude of hatred of brown-eyed into the action of hatred. Similarly, behavior also predicts attitude. When putting the students into the role of blue- eyed people being smart and better, they tended to act like that way. They tended to perform better and more active in class than those with brown eyes. Whereas for the brown-eyed people,

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