First published on August 28, 2015.
Jane Elliott’s work is based on abusive techniques gleaned from a Leon Uris book about the Nazi persecution of the Jews in the Holocaust. To destroy the self-confidence of whites, showing them how evil they are, no matter if they aren’t a racist, she uses the same sadistic formula. Belittle, destroy, and break-down, turning self-confident people into non-people. They can be more easily manipulated. Then, she empowers others to basically abuse the formerly racist individuals she has broken. This truly disturbed and evil woman is destroying race relations in this country. She is cruel, vicious, and vindictive to the point where he own family will have nothing to do with her. She thinks if a person is white, they must be emotionally and psychologically shattered. That is what she does in her training sessions. She likes to turn whites into ‘almost-people‘.
“…For me the exercise wasn’t about black and white, it was about a whole lot more. It showed how you should live, he says. Even so, Kozak says he would never try Elliotts experiment in his school. The exercise gives students a sense of self-worth, but it does that by one day taking away other students confidence.
A similar criticism was leveled by Jay McGovern, 40, who teaches special education in Lees Summit, Missouri: You ought to build upon kids experiences and then you find ways to reflect on it. You dont berate people to try to make your point. If my daughter came home crying and said her teacher ridiculed her, I’d be angry. Thats not what schools for, no matter how important the teacher thinks the exercise is…”
“…You cannot over-estimate the damage to race relations that “diversity awareness” training is causing in this country. It’s having the opposite effect to that intended, causing divisions, resentment, and an increase in judgments based on race, where previously such things were actually quite rare. How do I know this? I was involved in putting together a diversity “toolkit” for a government department, and saw first-hand the effect it had as it was rammed down the throats of staff.…” Donald B. Clark
Jane Elliott is a sadist. Her diversity training is alleged to be helpful, and life changing. That’s if you watch it if you are a child or a college student. When you watch it at my age, it is horrific. It is little more than pure horrific brainwashing and abuse. It is as dangerously abusive as Bill Gothard’s Character First brainwashing. The worst part is quite often both are used, together. It is used by Fortune 500 companies, and major universities. Attendance is mandatory. If someone working for a company rebels against the woman’s sadistic abuse, they could lose their job. Her brainwashing is mandatory at many universities.
“…for years scholars have evaluated Elliott’s exercise, seeking to determine if it reduces racial prejudice in participants or poses a psychological risk to them. The results are mixed. Two education professors in England, Ivor F. Goodson and Pat Sikes, suggest that Elliott’s experiment was unethical because the participants weren’t informed of its real purpose beforehand. Alan Charles Kors, a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, says Elliott’s diversity training is “Orwellian” and singled her out as “the Torquemada of thought reform.” Kors writes that Elliott’s exercise taught “blood-guilt and self-contempt to whites,” adding that “in her view, nothing has changed in America since the collapse of Reconstruction.” In a similar vein, Linda Seebach, a conservative columnist for the Rocky Mountain News, wrote in 2004 that Elliott was a “disgrace” and described her exercise as “sadistic,” adding, “You would think that any normal person would realize that she had done an evil thing. But not Elliott. She repeated the abuse with subsequent classes, and finally turned it into a fully commercial enterprise.”…”
A critic wrote:
“...If that had been done to me in ninth grade, little Miss Perfectionist that I was, I’d have gone home and killed myself.
“Teaching children about abuse should never include abusing them,” the mother wrote. “Committing a hate crime should not be the way we teach our youngsters about hate crimes.”
I’m inclined to give the school an institutional pass on this; the exercise was certainly no part of official policy, though the teacher did it in more than one class, and school administrators didn’t know about it until the mother complained. Principal Tony Fontana said it is school policy to inform parents and get their consent for anything controversial, and if he didn’t know before that this is controversial, he does now.
But the teacher, and the counselor who aided and abetted her, should have their heads examined.
No, scratch that. They should have their heads handed to them.
It’s bad enough to do this to adults in mandatory corporate diversity training, who at least know it is an exercise and are partly prepared for it. Forcing it on children, with no warning that it is an exercise, is unconscionable.
A school might try to justify showing the video, with parental consent, but even that strikes me as akin to using Josef Mengele’s medical data. Yet many companies do this kind of exercise, and the question that troubles me is why so many people think this is a good thing.
The companies peddling diversity-training material say things like this in their pitches. “Jane Elliott’s method is based on her belief that people can best be motivated to fight discrimination by experiencing it themselves – if only for a few hours in a controlled environment.”
I doubt that. All my experience with corporate diversity training suggests that it is often abusive or silly, and moreover highly counterproductive, but everybody lies about it because they think they have to…”
The woman has alienated her own family.
Jane Elliott is a sick, sadistic monster. I actually have a friend who was forced into attending one of her diversity seminars a few years ago. She told me the woman was so vile she and several friends walked out of the meeting. The problem is when people don’t have the freedom to get up and leave an abusive situation. They should, but today, in our diverse and tolerant culture, there is no room for freedom, kindness, or even common sense.