A Class Divided: Broken Friendships And Behaviour Essay


Discuss about the Class Divided for Broken Friendships and Behaviour.


The video “A class divided” is a classroom situation that created primary school children subjected to discrimination and how they felt. The documentary explored ugly virus of prejudice or discrimination that led to mean behaviour, broken friendships and frustrations among the schoolchildren. They were mean to each other as “brown” eyed people were projected as inferior ones and “blue eyed” children used this term as derogatory and were mean to others. Blue-eyed children were mean saying brown eyed to be stupid (Public Broadcasting Service, 2017).
The cause of racism for the children was the division of class into blue and brown-eyed children where blue eyed considered being superior to blue eyed children. Blue-eyed children considered they being smarter and better than brown eyed as teacher said. Some children considered themselves being privileged, smarter and superior and for others it was an affirmation of lifetime discrimination or prejudice.
The cause of racism for adults was that struggle for justice and civil rights. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, as he was prominent in Civil Rights Movement. The reason for racism among adults was struggle for equal rights in the society for Blacks against Whites. They considered themselves superior than Blacks. On a contrary, the cause of racism between children was blue and brown coloured eyes demarcation where blue eyed were considered superior to brown eyed children.
Fear of imprisonment and oppression acted as hindrance for people to stand for oppressed group. A society where racism exists gives rise to negative feelings among oppressed group as they considered themselves inferior. People who raise voices against the superior groups face harassment, bans and imprisonment. They are banned from using public places or transport, they feel oppressed and as a result hinder from raising voices against racism.
If I encounter racism, I would inform the concerned authority to take in charge of the situation however, people are stopped from doing this due to many barriers. The fear of threatening, harassment, boycott, imprisonment and oppression in the society hinder people from projecting voices even when they see it happening. They are threatened as they try to raise their voices against oppression.
The main reason for racial discrimination in NZ is nationality, skin colour, ethnicity or race. Apart from these, religious beliefs, appearance and spoken languages may also be the factors behind racial discrimination (B?cares, Cormack & Harris, 2013). Racial discrimination at workplace is also common at employment situations and also on street or in a public place. The reason for racism in film was somewhat similar to the real life situations in the society. The children were divided based on eye colour or appearance considering blue-eyed children to be superior and smarter as compared to brown-eyed children.
The video is linked to cultural safety and implications for future nursing practice. Cultural safety is important in nursing practice, as it is a way to work with a person from a different culture as defined by National Council of New Zealand (Banks & Kelly, 2015). Nurses need to be competent enough to provide a culturally safe environment to the patient from different culture and demonstrate ability to work efficiently with them (McMurray & Clendon, 2015). kawa whakaruruhau(cultural safety) that need to be maintained by nurses so that trusting therapeutic relationship is established in providing the best quality of care.


Banks, L., & Kelly, M. (2015). Cultural safety and the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Cultural Safety in Aotearoa New Zealand, pp. 26.

B?cares, L., Cormack, D., & Harris, R. (2013). Ethnic density and area deprivation: Neighbourhood effects on M?ori health and racial discrimination in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Social Science & Medicine, 88, 76-82.

McMurray, A., & Clendon, J. (2015). Community Health and Wellness-E-book: Primary Health Care in Practice. Elsevier Health Sciences, pp. 360-368.

www.pbs.org, (2017). A Class Divided. Retrieved 27 October 2017, from

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