JANUARY 26, 2021 – For four centuries, the United States of America has stood as a beacon of leadership in the evolving world. Since 1776, its shores have welcomed entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, humanitarians, and historians. With the promise of a representative Republic, the United States shores held opportunity; however, for a growing some, looking back on history, the waters are tainted. Since the beginning, no issue has been more politically polarized and more pressing to Americans than racial discrimination.
It has taken a collective body to inform the uninformed, educate the uneducated, and advocate for all humans’ inalienable rights to provide life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. From Nat Turner and Frederick Douglass to Ida B. Wells and Martin Luther King Jr., the responsibility of reforming society and antiracism has fallen from generation to generation. In the 1960s, a fraction of that responsibility fell on Jane Elliott’s shoulders, a schoolteacher, and ally to the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th Century.
“Jane Elliott is one of many figures who introduces prospective educators to the importance of social awareness in the school system. Her ‘Brown Eye, Blue Eye’ experiment was one of many examples that demonstrate how educators can shape the future and how powerful a teacher’s voice is when advocating for students,” remarked Sabrina Amezcua, a university graduate from the School of Education and Human Development at St. Edward’s University, and executive producer of Jane Elliott & Dylan Glass: An Unscripted Conversation on Race, Politics, and Society in America.
Elliott has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith, and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Most recently, she was interviewed by conservative leader from Houston, Texas, Dylan Glass, through Zoom amidst protests against police brutality, fiery riots, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a nation that hasn’t been this divided since the Civil War.
“I utilized the time Elliott granted me as an opportunity to dive deeper into her worldview that has been molded over decades by her personal experience and through her work enlightening others through social workshops. Asking her questions she had never been publicly asked before provided our audience with deeper insight into her core beliefs as to who she is as an individual,” stated Glass, a political activist and university graduate from the Helms School of Government at Liberty University.
Through a comprehensible conversation, Jane Elliott and Dylan Glass discussed Elliot’s views on the ex-President, the eugenicist founding of Planned Parenthood, the immigration divide, feminism, the presidential debacle, and indoctrination infiltrating our education system. This discussion targets the roots of how human beings can deliver on Elliot’s mission of one race: The Human Race – a race of compassion, civility, and justice. The fight for the American Dream starts by looking inward, doing “unto others as you would have them do unto you.” While past damage can never be repaired, education and collaboration are key to healing and uniting a righteous future.