Why Jane Elliott Exercises Is Still Relevant Today During the Black Lives Matter Movement

“Nobody is standing here. That says very plainly that you know what is happening and you know that you don’t want it for you. I want to know why you are so willing to accept it or allow it to happen to others?

“I want every white person in this room, who would be happy to be treated as this society in general treats our citizens, our black citizens. If you as a white person would be happy to receive the same treatment that our black citizens do in this society – please stand! – You didn’t understand the directions. If you white folks want to be treated the way blacks are in this society – stand! – Nobody is standing here. That says very plainly that you know what’s happening. You know you don’t want it for you. I want to know why you are so willing to accept it or to allow it to happen for others.” – Jane Elliott.

If she were to ask this same question today, how many of you would stand? If anyone were to ask anyone “white” the very same question, how many of you would stand? I know that answer, none of you would stand. I’m black, and I would not even stand.

This is precisely why we are protesting, fighting for equality, and why the black lives matter movement exists. This is why All Lives won’t matter until Black Lives do.

Martin Luther King Jr was shot, are you in any physical danger here?

“You just exercised a freedom that these people of color don’t have. When these people of color get tired of racism they can’t just walk out, because there’s no place in this country where they aren’t exposed to racism.” -Jane Elliott

This is a short post. I just wanted people to view the videos and think about what she is asking. Think about if you would (in today’s time) love to be treated how we (black people) are being treated. If the answer is no, ask yourself why. Why not, if we are genuinely considered equals, then ask yourself what does equality means, to you. Why is so hard for you to receive a small amount of what we go through, why when it’s done to others it considered mean, but when it’s done to us it’s overlooked? How hard is it to recognize what is being done, accept that certain privileges exist for some, but not for others?

You can’t help what race you are born. You can’t help what the color of your skin is. Never apologize for that, but you can apologize for taking advantage of certain situations based on your skin color. A white male and a black male commits the same crime, the same way, but the consequences will be different. How they are arrested will be different and how they are handled during that arrest will be different. One will be prosecuted and one will be persecuted.

Ask yourself, why is that?

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