Like the Forsyth town hall, the 1992 episode with teacher Jane Elliott's showed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at its best. The Iowa schoolteacher applied her famous blue-eyes-vs.-brown-eyes experiment to the show's studio audience, separating the people on the basis of eye pigment and giving one group preferential treatment over the other; by the time the show started, the resentment fostered by this brief period of inequality spilled over into visible, simmering hostility. As a statement about the roots of racism, Elliott's exercise was powerful stuff -- the fact that it was initially designed to impart the lesson for grade-school children didn't dim its impact on the show's adult viewers.