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Diversity Advocate Says Racism Can Be Stopped

By Tiffany Matthews

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Museum of Science was the setting for Tuesday's Fourth Annual Race and Reconciliation conference.

Keynote speaker, Jane Elliott, talked about prejudice in everyday society and how it angers her. She's a former teacher who specializes in diversity education. Elliott said racism can be stopped.

"I want people to realize that it's real. It's isn't something that is God given. It is something that we have caused," Elliott said. "We can stop it. Racism is a learned response. It is not genetic. Nobody is born a bigot. Anything you learn you can unlearn. It's time to unlearn racism."

Elliott has talked about intolerance and prejudice worldwide. Back in 1968, she tried the experiment of dividing her all-white third grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed children. She then subjected the blue-eyed kids to discrimination, so that they could learn about racism.