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What Is Race?

I took my bi-racial daughters to the exhibit. While they enjoyed it, they didn't learn anything new because this information (that race is a social construction only and has NO basis in biology) has been around for a long time. It is how my husband and I have raised them. I was first pushed to widen my racial understanding when, as a new mother, I joined a listserv in the mid 1990's called the Interracial Individuals. It was full of interracial folks who were talking about this sort of thing. I find it disheartening that it has taken this long to be brought into the public discourse. Lots of folks have a stake in keeping the idea of 'race' alive and well. People of all hues get a lot of mileage from the idea that race has meaning. In my personal experience, it has been disheartening to see how attached well meaning people are to ideas of difference. People will eventually get it, but there are entrenched institutions that don't want us to.

May 17, 2011 at 11:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )