Five facts about the life of race

Race is a modern invention of the European Enlightenment: “European Enlightenment thinkers retained the Greek ideal of reason, as well as this reason’s categorical function of discriminating between the cultured (now called the ‘civilized) and the ‘barbarian’ (the ‘savage’ or the ‘primitive’). It can be argued, in fact, that the Enlightenment’s declaration of itself as […]

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Where did race come from?

“How did the idea of race begin in America?”  The video provided below offers the answer.  It is resources like this that inform my understanding of race and its designation as socially constructed.  It is important to know and repeat again and again that race is not divinely inspired.  The father of race is not […]

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The Story of Race

“Race is so deeply imbedded in our lives it appears to be the natural order of things. We must challenge that notion with all of the power of our science and society.” ~Yolanda Moses, Anthropologist Once upon a time, there were no human races. How we talk about race is important to me.  Unfortunately, the […]

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