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Response to yodermon (Reply #13)

Tue Dec 2, 2014, 11:15 AM

14. I remember my 2nd grade teacher doing that experiment with us.

The thing was, he was such a gentle, avuncular personality that everyone in the class loved. And I was put in the blue eyed group and I remember how shocked we were when he shouted at us to "Shut up!" while he treated the brown eyed group respectfully. After he explained to us why he did that, it made that much of an impression to me even at an early age.

Years later, in college our professor actually played the Frontline episode for us. Even though we now knew it was just an experiment, by the time the episode was over, I don't think there was a person there who didn't have tears in their eyes from watching it. I recall one of my black classmates commenting that having to wake up and look at herself in the mirror knowing the challenges she faced simply for the color of her skin was so incredibly difficult for her.

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