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Flashback Class Divided
November 7, 2008
“Brown-eyed people are better than blue-eyed people. They are smarter than blue-eyed people and if you don't believe it, look at Brian.”
The day after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, in April 1968, a young Iowa schoolteacher devised an ingenious way for her all-white third-grade class to understand how a person could be murdered for the color of his skin. A Class Divided is the story of that experiment, and the deep and enduring impact it had on all who participated.
First shown in 1985, the film was re-broadcast and made available online in 2003; since then, it has become the most requested FRONTLINE ever.
This brief excerpt picks up the experiment on the second day, and affords a sobering look at how easily intolerance can be taught.