When watching the film, Blue Eyed, there were several disturbing ideas that were brought to my attention; not only because it was sad to see how the participants were treated, but because what was happening in the experiment that took place in the 1980s is still going on to this day. Jane Elliot, the “Blue Eyed” experiment inventor, proved that racism has not gone away and that the future in a way is not looking promising for prejudices to ever cease from existence. It made me really take a step back and view my life and all the prejudices I’ve held against others and that have been held against me. Although it also reminded me of how far I’ve come to opening my mind and hearts to those that are different, it still disturbed me how prejudices are all around us. The movie also showed how communication between different cultures can either be used in a positive way or also in a negative way. Co-cultural communication is what the United States consists of, and it is astounding how racism is still so apart even though we’ve been a united country for so long.
In the movie there were several main idea that were shown throughout the movie, but one stuck out to me as being the main idea and theme of the whole movie and idea. When Jane Elliot said, “it’s not enough for people to sit back and do absolutely nothing,” this really hit hard with me. Only because I know for a fact that there have been times when I have been in a situation where I have heard a racist joke or a racist comment and I knew that I should have said something but it was just easier to go along and not say anything. Although I’m sure I’m not the only one who has taken the easy way out, this just proves Elliot’s statement to be even more correct. The movie showed that Jane Elliot herself was being antagonized for her support of African Americans; therefore she was out of the “social bubble” in her community. No more communication to her community and even her close family members were being...
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