Abolishing America (Cont`d): Jane Elliott (Cont`d)


VDARE.COM has covered Jane Elliott
before, and we get a lot of email about her. She`s
the “diversity consultant” who

told
 a Department of Education seminar that
George W. and his brother Jeb were racists. She used
the occasion of a speech on “how children become
prejudiced” to urge the assembled educrats to vote
against Republicans in the 2000 election.

That`s normal civil service corruption, where the
Left uses its dominant position in education to advance a
Democratic agenda.

But Jane Elliott`s views are stranger than you think.

Her career as a diversity expert began when she was a
schoolteacher in Iowa, over thirty years ago. After
Martin Luther King was shot, she did a thought control
experiment on her grade school students, who she
describes as “all-white Christian
third-graders” dividing them into “blue-eyed” and
“brown-eyed” groups, and treating the blue-eyed group as
second-class citizens. (She was able to continue this
experiment in Riceville, Iowa for 14 years, in spite of
strong protests.)

The Diversity Industry now allows her to do this to
grownups. She`s taken her roadshow to

Australia
(“If I asked you to name ten aboriginals
who made valuable contributions to the history of this
country, how many of you could do it? If I asked you to
name ten white males who made valuable contributions to
the history of this country, how many of you could do
it? That`s called racism, people.”—J. Elliott), to

Amsterdam
, to

fraternities
at UCLA, to everywhere, in fact, where
there`s white guilt to fund her. In a

catalog description
of her video “Blue-Eyed”, HR
Press (a VDARE.COM reader
calls the

catalog
“one scary place”) describes the process of
diversity training: 

“In Blue Eyed, we join a
diverse group of 40 employees from the Midwest – blacks,
Hispanics, whites, women, and men. The blue-eyed members
participate in an exercise that involves a
pseudo-scientific explanation of their inferiority,
culturally biased IQ tests, and blatant disrespect. In
just a few hours under Elliott`s withering regime, we
see grown professionals become despondent and
distracted, stumbling over the simplest commands. Black
members of the group forcefully remind whites that they
undergo similar stresses, not just for a few hours in a
controlled experiment, but every day of their lives. And
Elliott points out that sexism, homophobia, and ageism
are just as damaging.”

This is part of generalized
brainwashing program by which white people are
supposed to feel guilty about what their ancestors did,
and to believe that any difference between the average
performance, average income, or average crime rates
between ethnic groups is a result of

cultural bias.

For example, her trick of giving “culturally biased”
tests to the blue-eyed victims must mean giving
different
tests to the different groups.

Anti-testing groups
object to the fact that blacks
can`t pass the same tests as whites (on average,
that is), but they blame the test.

In an the

interview
she gave in Australia, which I quoted
above, she railed at the concept of education itself, to
the extent that it teaches what we like to think of as

Western Civilization.
 

"We do that by teaching a
white curriculum. And we do it by teaching that power
lies in acting white. It`s easier for the Asian kids to
be accepted as close to white than it is for Lebanese at
first. So you establish a hierarchy. The teacher
establishes a hierarchy…."

But she seems to be stuck in the distant past. If
anything, it`s the other way around in the modern
public schools and universities, where whites are
blamed (and

taught to blame themselves
), for the problems of
blacks, Americans are blamed for poverty in the third
world, and people with jobs and homes are blamed for the
problems of the unemployed and homeless.

Elliott maintains an explicit double standard in her
description of racism. In an

interview
with Horizon magazine, she says:

“Sometimes racism exists
in an assumption (a store clerk who closely tracks the
movements of a young Black customer but not a White
one); a behavior (a teacher who refuses to acknowledge
the accomplishments of a Black student with the same
pride as those of a White); or an attitude (a White
woman who tenses when a Black man steps into an
elevator).”

Hmm. But every day of her life, Jane Elliott is
following white people around telling them that they`re
racist. She markets her videos telling whites that their
society is incurably racist; their insistence on
standards is a desire to ruin people`s lives. She seems
to be “profiling
store detectives—and frightened women in elevators.

Her thesis is that all failures by blacks are caused
by white attitudes, but that none of the attitudes of
whites are caused by black behavior.

Could any of those store detectives, women in
elevators, and other

suspicious people
be right in their
suspicions? Nathan McCall, formerly of the
Washington Post
, and now of

Emory University
in Atlanta [nmccall@emory.edu],
wrote an essay about feeling that he was under suspicion
during an elevator ride.

I have a copy of Nathan McCall`s

book Makes Me Wanna Holler
, and it may
be worth a column some day (possible headline: Makes
Me Wanna Puke
), but in the meantime, this quote from
Michael Sierra`s 

Flummery Digest
,
written in

1997
will do. Sierra writes:

From "The Elevator Ride,"
by Nathan McCall, part of his new book of personal
essays,

What`s Going On
. Writing in the second
person, McCall describes an encounter in an elevator
between a black man—-presumably himself—-and a white
woman who suffers from fear and "racial suspicion":

She suspects what you
want…. She seems filled with the wildly absurd terror
that, in the brief ride between the 12th and 1st floors,
this black man may rape her, rob her, and leave
her for dead…. Can`t she tell from your bearing
that you`re no rapist or thief?

[Emphasis in original.]

On the first page of his
previously published memoir,

Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America
,
McCall describes another of his racial encounters:

We all took off after
him… Stomped him and kicked him… kicked him in the
head and face and watched the blood gush from his
mouth… kicked him in the stomach and nuts, where I
knew it would hurt…. Every time I drove my foot into
his balls, I felt better…. We bloodied him so
badly…. We walked away, laughing, boasting…. F—-ing
up white boys like that made us feel good inside.

In addition to its displays
of McCall`s unreconstructed racism, the book also
contains

candid descriptions
of his participation in numerous
felonies: assault and battery, breaking and entering,
assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, rape, and
attempted murder. McCall spent very little time in
prison for these crimes, but instead went to a state
university, then on to a career in journalism that
eventually landed him on the Metro desk of the
Washington Post
. It`s quite possible the nervous
woman in the elevator simply read McCall`s book and
recognized his face from the cover.

Who`s right, Jane Elliott or Michael Sierra? We
report, you decide.

March 27, 2002