So I was stumbling across some things earlier today and this site popped up. In case you don’t know what a stumble upon is, it is a website that generates websites around the world wide web according to your likes. You start off with a list of things you are interested in and you click on stumble and see what website comes up. Recently I added race/ethnicity into my likes in hopes of finding something to put up into the blog and luckily it worked!
I stumbled on the PBS website and it had a section that was based on a documentary by California Newsreel on race. The section was called “RACE: The Power of Illusion”. Just seeing the word “illusion” in the title made me stop and think, wow it really can be seen as trick on the eyes! Looking through the different interactive sections to the site made the title made more and more sense.
The first section “What is race?” poses an interesting statement, “There’s less – and more – to race than meets the eye.” It then goes on to provide 10 facts on race. As I clicked through the facts some i knew already but yet some caught me by surprise like fact number eight. I obviously understand that no two people are genetically alike, but I would think two people of one race would have more commonalities to each other than to people from two different races.
In the second section “Sorting People” there is a great interactive sorting game that will really have you amazed to see what you perceive a race to be, and what an individual classifies themselves under. Here you have to label each person under “White, Black, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, or Asian”. You would think that you can tell races apart and sort them correctly. When I began doing it I thought to myself “this is going to be easy” but as i progressed I began to question previous sorting and question what really makes someone a certain race. To my surprise I barely had any right. There was one in each section that was right, maybe two if I was lucky. My sorting was so off that I began to think that everyone automatically thinks they know someones race just by looking at them. This is something I think everyone should try, or should even be tried in class. I would be interested to see how many of us disagree in sorting the individuals in the game.
The quiz under the section “Human Diversity” is another interactive part of the site that really caught me by surprise. I barely got any of the questions correct and it was unbelievable. You learn crazy facts on human diversity that you would think wouldn’t even be true. This is another section that would be interesting to look over in class, again since it would be very debatable on which answer is the right answer.
There is plenty more to look at on the site like videos and a timeline on the concept of race throughout history. It is really interesting and makes you really think about the concept of race beyond of what you know. Again, “There’s less – and more – to race than meets the eye.”
Here’s the link!