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Re: the blue eyes experiment
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2013, 08:46:22 pm »
Blocked. I'll check it out at home tonight.
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Re: the blue eyes experiment
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2013, 08:46:45 pm »
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Re: the blue eyes experiment
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2013, 09:36:51 pm »
Had a lot of trouble watching that. Makes me feel like I'm back in grade school being bullied.
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Re: the blue eyes experiment
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2013, 09:54:46 pm »
Had a lot of trouble watching that. Makes me feel like I'm back in grade school being bullied.

Yea, it's not the easiest thing to watch, but that's a small taste of racism.

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Re: the blue eyes experiment
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2013, 10:25:23 pm »
She does a really good job presenting the argument. It IS difficult to watch, and that's the whole point. It's amazing to watch how the students went from being totally nonchalant to feeling belittled and berated. It's sad, yes, but it's true.
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Re: the blue eyes experiment
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2013, 12:58:31 am »
This reminds me of an exercise that we did in CCD (for non-Catholics, "Confraternity of Christian Doctrine" or basically, religious education for those who do not, or no longer, go to parochial school), though it was less intense by far, and the subject wasn't racism, it was poverty. I think that it was poorly set up, because I imagine that it only instructed those who fell into the 3rd world part of the experiment. We had a social gathering where we all ate and were divided into groups. One group was sat at a table and had rich, flavorful food and soda and, well, typical American fare. Another group got rice, beans and vegetables. My group got rice. (I had latched somewhat onto Communism by that point, so I already had snarky jokes at the ready).

Now, the reason that this was poorly set up is that middle class, largely Irish or otherwise North-West European, American kids still got the good stuff and were chided for not giving away any of their food to us rice and beans folk at the end of the experiment.

A better experiment would have involved everyone getting rice, and adult parishioners getting the good stuff. Perhaps also coming up to us with a mouth full of chicken, watching us like we were an informercial on TV and saying, "that's quite the shame, that people have to live like that."
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Re: the blue eyes experiment
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2013, 02:15:07 am »
Had a lot of trouble watching that. Makes me feel like I'm back in grade school being bullied.

That's basically what the entire culture of the US is to people of color. It's constant, unceasing bullying. Even coming from people who don't know they're doing it.
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Re: the blue eyes experiment
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2013, 04:46:43 am »
I've always fucking LOVED that lady. And I didn't know she was still doing that. Very cool.
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Re: the blue eyes experiment
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2013, 07:35:04 am »
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Re: the blue eyes experiment
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2013, 09:02:07 am »
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Re: the blue eyes experiment
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2013, 06:55:42 pm »
I watched the links here and then the compilation 4 parter thing "How Racist Are You?" Very interesting watching US vs UK respond. It's interesting watching the participants getting caught up in their Freudian slips and idiocy when flustered. And then watching them deny it even happened a second later.

I love. Love how people do this whole "Well it doesn't affect me so it doesn't exist" bullshit. And don't realize that's what they are fucking doing. Or the "Well everyone stubs their toe, stop whining about having your legs ripped off by monsters already."
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Re: the blue eyes experiment
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2013, 08:56:07 pm »
I only got a chance to watch the UK one. The reaction the white folks have is really, really disturbing. I think it might be a case of "why don't they just?" syndrome. Also, I want to be that lady when I'm old.

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Re: the blue eyes experiment
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2013, 09:04:52 pm »
I want to be that lady NOW.

I especially liked the bit on "I don't see color". I'm STEALING that.
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