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Friday, March 16, 2007

Understanding Race [pdf]

Understanding Race [pdf]

As this website opens, users will see a set of overlapping images of different human faces, as a narrator’s voice intones: “Race: Are we so different?” It’s an intriguing and important question, and one that is addressed through a number of lenses on this site, created by the American Anthropological Association, with funding from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. As their website observes, “The Race project explains differences among people and reveals the reality-and unreality-of race.” The site is divided into three primary sections, which include “History”, “Human Variation”, and “Lived Experience”. In the “History” section, visitors can move through the timeline that looks at the history of race in the United States, and along the way they can read different essays that talk about subjects such as the civil rights movement, U.S. control of American Indians, and so on. The “Human Variation” section contains interactive and informative essays on human genetics, the variation in human skin color, and several quizzes on these materials. Finally, the “Lived Experience” area includes a race blog, an interactive feature on “Who is White?”, and a blog where visitors can talk about their own experiences with race.

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