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Singing Eagle 01-26-2005 12:57 AM

CBC's The Passionate Eye explores racism - rebroadcast Wednesday.
 
INDECENTLY EXPOSED! KICKS OFF THE PASSIONATE EYE'S SECOND SEASON ON CBC TELEVISION, MONDAY, JANUARY 24 AT 9 PM Repeating Wednesday January 26 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

"I'm your resident ***** for the day -- welcome to the workshop!"- anti-racism expert, Jane Elliott

That's how anti-racism expert Jane Elliott describes her role in this reality-based documentary that challenges Canadians attitudes towards Native Canadians. "Even nice Canadians are racist." Whether or not you agree, that's Elliott's starting point as she welcomes and bullies 22 Canadians who have volunteered to participate in her internationally renowned workshop. With cameras rolling, she divides the unsuspecting participants by eye color blue-eyes in one group, brown-eyes (many of them Native Canadian) in the other. Elliott turns the tables on the participants treating the blue eyes as "persons of color", confronting and humbling them, while the "brown eyes" get treated with respect.

Filmed in Regina, Saskatchewan, Indecently Exposed! illustrates and exposes how systemic racism continues to thrive in Canada today. It airs Monday, January 24 at 9 p.m. on THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC Television.

While there have been other films featuring Elliott's workshops, this is the first time Elliot has brought her controversial workshop to Canada, and Indecently Exposed! focuses its attention on the individual Canadian participants who have 'exposed' themselves to her confrontational and highly effective techniques. These powerful insights into the personal lives of the participants, combined with the intensity of the workshop experience, creates an engrossing emotional and psychological drama that plays out as the blue eyes learn what it is like to be targets of discrimination. Amongst the blue-eyes, Joe, a retired teacher and farmer, attributes most of the problems First Nations people experience to troubles with alcohol. Steve, a store manager, thinks the workshop will be a good chance to share his views on racial prejudice with others. Juanita, an elementary school teacher, is afraid of saying the wrong thing. Trent, a young factory worker, has heard the racial slurs at work, but never thought it was his responsibility to do anything about them. They are all in for a shock.

A member of the brown eyed group, Earnest, an aboriginal youth counselor, states, "Racism is alive and well in Regina, and right across Canada." Michelle, a brown-eyed personnel officer concurs, "When you're told enough times that you don't belong here, that you're not good enough, you start to believe it." Maynard, a manager with Saskatchewan Learning and a residential school graduate says, "I was ashamed of being Indian!"

The purpose of Elliott's workshop is "to convince white-skinned people that they are not God's chosen people," by having them "walk a mile" in the other person's shoes - the shoes of a person of colour. For a few hours, the blue-eyes are subjected to the kind of insults and humiliation that First Nations people experience every day of their lives. The goal, Elliott says, is to find even one person who is willing to stand up and change things, to become an activist, to do something about the problem. For some of the blue-eyes participants, the workshop is a life-changing experience. For others, not much has changed. In reality, perhaps brown-eyed Clayton Maxxi puts it best: "We wish this never existed, that it was just a movie, but it's real!"

Indecently Exposed! is directed by Trevor Grant; produced by
Michael Snook of WestWind Pictures for CBC Television's THE PASSIONATE EYE. Catherine Olsen is the executive producer of THE PASSIONATE EYE.

badmaninc 01-27-2005 03:08 AM

Just finished watching the program. It was pretty good but it ended just like a lot of other things did. Only 2 of the blue eyes returned 30 days later. Most don't want to subject themselves to the things we go through on a daily basis. Gotta give those two that did return their props though. Was a little upset that none of the ndns wanted to go overboard and treat them how we are treated all the time. I mean you haven't really experienced what its like to be us until somebody spits on you. Good show though.

middle of the sky 01-27-2005 03:23 AM

i watched it also... gods chosen peoiple? i thought it was people from jerusalem.. :lol:

AngelFeather 01-27-2005 01:04 PM

I would have liked to watch that program... I hate when i miss good shows like that. wonder if it will be on again

chazziff 01-28-2005 02:23 AM

i'm such a nerd - i taped it. pretty good show now if we could get everyone to watch it

badmaninc 01-28-2005 03:34 AM

Hey dude what's with the quote "Show me the Sonias".

AngelFeather 01-28-2005 11:31 AM

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Originally Posted by chazziff
i'm such a nerd - i taped it. pretty good show now if we could get everyone to watch it


Send me copy? hehehe... I hope they will air it again soon...

this1ndnchic 01-28-2005 12:34 PM

This makes me wish i was a canuck..cha. Sounds like a gooder, i want to see..

*Brown Eyed Gurl* 01-28-2005 02:48 PM

I watched most of the show..i have to admit i wanted to see the 'Brown eyes' really treat those 'Blue eyes' like Sh!t...but then when that gurl explained that they would not want to treat someone that way...i felt bad...im sure i coulda done it tho...lol

badmaninc 01-29-2005 01:42 AM

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Originally Posted by ~Brown Eyed Gurl~
I watched most of the show..i have to admit i wanted to see the 'Brown eyes' really treat those 'Blue eyes' like Sh!t...but then when that gurl explained that they would not want to treat someone that way...i felt bad...im sure i coulda done it tho...lol

OMG, I was picturing you beating that one woman who started crying. I was imagining you saying to her "You better just shut the F*** up you barbie blue eyes." Anyway I wouldn't have had a problem with all of that being nasty either.

Singing Eagle 01-29-2005 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by badmaninc
OMG, I was picturing you beating that one woman who started crying. I was imagining you saying to her "You better just shut the F*** up you barbie blue eyes." Anyway I wouldn't have had a problem with all of that being nasty either.

I would have liked to have heard more of the facts of abuse of our people told to the blue eyes. All the ****ty treatment they got and couldn't handle as adults - our people were treated like that - many of them while they were CHILDREN!

Sheesh - I am amazed by the strength of our people!

AngelFeather 01-30-2005 12:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Singing Eagle
I am amazed by the strength of our people!


I hear ya there SE, Makes me proud to come from such strong roots.

White Powwow Dancer 01-31-2005 01:19 AM

Hi SE
does she do workshops in the United States? about racism?
WPD

Kiwehnzii 01-31-2005 09:38 AM

In the end, her theory for the racist attitudes was the dominant society's inability to change the native people. They want to change us to be like them.

I agree. They want us to talk like them, act like them, dress like them, think like them. Their thoughts are - "Those people" will never get anywhere unless they change their heathen ways.

I wish they should just chill. Let us be who we are.

On the other hand, we try to change their thinking too. We want them to respect the earth, air and the water, so that these things will be there for our children/grand-children. We want them to think of the people who will follow our generation. We are guilty of not respecting the way they act/think also.

chazziff 01-31-2005 02:55 PM

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Originally Posted by badmaninc
Hey dude what's with the quote "Show me the Sonias".

sonias = money (cree - general terms) just give me your addy and i'll send you a copy!!


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