I remember my mother, who studied psychology, telling me about this video! She went back to college when I was in 6th grade, and I remember her talking about it. Interestingly enough, my mom has regressed in terms of her recognition and appreciation of different cultures (that's me being diplomatic...). I had never connected the Jane Elliot of today with that video, and I'm excited to know that it was the same person.
Racism is taught: plain and simple. Those kids were already on a track to grow up just like their isolated parents (I'm assuming) who rarely interact with POC, and Jane Elliot did something to disrupt that. What I take away from this video is the need for anti-racism training in every school, but different levels of it: once in primary school, like these kids, and then again in middle school, as kids' identities start to strengthen, and once again in senior year. Anti-racism needs to also be threaded through college curriculum; curriculum committees need to vet coursework for anti-racist content and approaches, and all faculty need anti-racism training just like we have implicit bias training before we can serve on hiring committees. When Sierra Leone emerged from the violence of its diamond wars, the country created peace studies as a mandatory curriculum addition. If the US could actually do that, it would go a long way. (We have to get Betsy DeVos out of the DOE first.)