Jane Elliot creates an interesting experiment to force people to think about racism and discrimination

Jane Elliot devised this programme about racism and discrimination soon after learning about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Shocked at the reports around the event, she created an experiment to try get white people to feel what it would be black.

Just for a few hours, to walk in the shoes of someone who was being discriminated against so they could get a better understanding of their responsibility not to perpetuate such feelings.

Of course, an experiment of this kind will always be met with some resistance. People like their comfort zones and don’t want to be told their might be something fundamentally wrong with the way they live.

Do you think this experiment is an effective way to teach people about racism and discrimination?