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Title: The Case Against Race
Description: As an extra credit assignment, I ask students to walk up to three people at random and ask them to list "all the races within humankind." From their responses, I create a master list of human "races." Then I ask them to describe the criteria for the racial categories they see. The list ends up ranging from exaggerations of skin color, like "black, white, red" to religions "Jewish, Muslim" and even to states, "Alaskan." There are lots of overlaps and contradictions; mostly, people equate "race" to political boundaries that have only existed for a few centuries. The exercise is funny and high-energy, and at the end of it, (hopefully) students have a deeper realization that "race" is a social construct, not a biological reality.
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Name: Julie Castillo
Online Course: No
Affiliation: Independent
Field: Four-/Five-Field
Material Type: Activity
Course Level: Introductory
Student Type: Undergraduate
Class Size: 20-50

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