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Ten Things Everyone should know about Race

Pachia Vang

Pachia Vang

on 19 November 2012

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Transcript of Ten Things Everyone should know about Race

Ten Things Everyone should know about Race Pachia Vang "There's less and more to race than meets the eye" Race is a Modern Idea ~Ancient societies did not divide people according to their physical differences, but according to their religion, status, class, and even language. Race has no Genetic Basis ~Not one characteristic, trait, or gene distinguishes all members of one so-called race from all the members of another so-called race. Our eyes tell us that people look different. ~The English language didn't have the word 'race' until it turns up in a 1508 poem by William Dunbar which use to mean a line of kings and queens. Skin Color really is Only Skin Deep ~ Most traits are inherited independently from one another. ~The genes influencing skin color have nothing to do with the genes influencing hair form, eye shape, blood type, musical talent, athletic ability or forms of intelligence. ~Knowing someone's skin color doesn't necessarily tell you anything else about him or her. Most variation is within, not between, "races." Slavery Predates Race ~Societies have enslaved others, often as a result of conquest or war, even debt, but not because of physical characteristics or a belief. ~Ours was the first slave system where all the slaves shared similar physical characteristics. ~But the new idea of race helped explain why some people could be denied the rights and freedoms that others took for granted. "All men are created equal." Race and Freedom Evolved Together Race Justified Social Inequalities as Natural ~ As the race idea evolved, white superiority became "common sense" in America. ~It justified not only slavery but also the extermination of Indians, exclusion of Asian immigrants, and the taking of Mexican lands by a nation that acknowledged a belief in democracy. ~ Racial practices were traditional within American government, laws, and society. Race isn't Biological, but Racism is Real ~Race is a powerful social idea that gives people different access to opportunities and resources. Colorblindness Will Not End Racism ~Pretending race doesn't exist is not the same as creating equality. ~Race is more than stereotypes and individual prejudice. ~Our government and social institutions have created advantages that improperly channel wealth, power, and resources to white people. This affects everyone, whether we are aware of it or not. http://www.pbs.org/race/001_WhatIsRace/001_00-home.htm
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