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1 Race and Structural Racism The power of an illusion

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3 How many races exist in the world today?

4 1 - humans

5 Is race biological?

6 No, there is no biological basis for race.

7 Which two people would have more genetic variation, a Korean and an Italian, or a Korean and another Korean?

8 We can expect to see the same or more variation between the two Koreans than between the Korean and the Italian.

9 Does racism exist?

10 Absolutely. There is no genetic basis for race, but it does exist in our social structure.

11 The Paradox of Race Biological myth, but social reality

12 The Paradox of Race Biological myth, but social reality Trenton-New-Jersey.html

13 The Paradox of Race Biological myth, but social reality Trenton-New-Jersey.html Pennington-New-Jersey.html

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15 How many races exist in the world today?

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23 Every society defines race in their own way

24 American society tends to define race by the color of your skin

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26 Brown eyes v. Blue Eyes

27 Why do we continue to have racism if so few people identify as racist? Answer = structural racism – The structure of our society is such that people can be wildly disadvantaged without others even noticing This doesn’t have to be a conscious effort – Racial motivations aren’t necessary to end up with racist results Certain racial groups are still the most disadvantaged, whether intentionally or not So…what do we do about this?

28 What do you think of Freeman’s proposal?


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