A Lesson in Racism

Posted on December 6, 2019


Jane Elliot conducted the most famous experiment on racism and social conformity in history – on third graders. After the death of Martin Luther Jr. she wanted to show her students – who didn’t understand the concept – exactly why people are intolerant of each other.

Today, this experiment would get her fired. Thankfully, though, in 1968 it didn’t, and it was preserved for study and posterity. If you were absent today, Frontline had a program on this in the 1980s that’s available for you to watch that shows the reunion of the class as well as the original, shocking experiment.