Disclaimer: This is somewhat of a ‘stream of consciousness’ post. I haven’t weighed every sentence to make sure it’s ‘PC’. I jump from point to point. If you feel like my comments are offensive, I’m sorry you took them that way, because that’s not my intent, but remember that offense is subjective, so before you just assume I’m an ass, remember we most likely come from entirely different perspectives – any offense is based in ignorance, not intent. You are welcome to post opposing views or share with me why you feel something I intended as a positive was actually a negative -I’m very open-minded- but rudeness will not be tolerated.
When I first watched this video, I was irritated. I had many thoughts similar to several of the objections in the comments [of the video]. I WASN’T LISTENING. I was too busy reacting to listen and GET the point. I was so busy focusing on what she was doing that I didn’t think was right, I was unable to hear the message. Which was her first message. If you’re thinking of how YOU feel about what someone is saying or doing, or how you want to respond, YOU ARE NOT LISTENING, and if you can’t at least listen, you’ll never get it enough to make a change, in yourself or anyone else.
The blonde with the eyebrow ring wasn’t listening either, because she was so busy thinking about how her suffering was being ‘belittled’. She missed the point that if you can reach a place where you are able to wrap your head around THIS issue (racism), applying it to every other area where discrimination occurs (not only racism, because that is only one small drop in the ocean of discrimination that humanity pours out on one another) will come naturally, of its own accord.
The video did not show whether the teacher made a point to ALL of the students that the color of skin is only one discrimination. Sexual orientation, religion, gender, age, nationality, even political leanings, ANY time that you judge a person on any basis other than who they are, instead of what they are, you are no different than the ‘racists’ the teacher refers to here. If any of those students, whether they wore a green collar or not, walked out of that room without the understanding that the exercise was so much larger than ‘understanding what it’s like not to be white’, then they missed the scope of the exercise.
I honestly don’t think anyone got the true point of that exercise, because not ONE student in the ‘brown eyed section’ stood up and asked the teacher to stop. Not one person in the ‘brown eyed section’ took a stand when the girl that walked out was visibly upset. Continue reading