This experiment is all about prejudices, stereotyping and self-fulfilling prophecy. Jane Elliot was trying to demonstrate to a class of 3rd graders how it felt to be discriminated against, judged and made fun of. This all took place the day after Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in a small Iowa town.
The children felt inferior while in the oppressed group because they were told they were lazy, dirty, not smart, can't remember things, and would never amount to anything great. Causing them to feel less important, that maybe they really weren't smart because that is what is being told to them and that is how they are being treated. For someone to be treated like that, for any reason, causes that person to think, "Well, maybe that is true," untimely making them doubt themselves and really feel inferior.
These children got to learn first hand just how harsh it is to be the center of discrimination and prejudices. Since people prejudge others based on their external features, society has created stereotypes in which people are assumed to look and act in a certain manner.
Stereotypes and prejudices can color our judgments of others at an unconscious level and create a negative evaluation of others based solely on what group they may belong or what color they are. Stereotypes limit our vision of others, they are always potential dangers. For example, Police officers are also more likely to pull over black drivers in expensive cars than white people in expensive cars. However, not everyone recognizes this in their behavior.
The fundamental attribution error plays a role in this because, the error is made by people in which they attribute someone else's behavior more to their personality and characteristic then to the situation in which they have been placed. In reality, someone's behavior is actually more likely to be caused by the environment and situation that they have been placed in as opposed to their... [continues]
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