It's a simple truth.

People are different. Throughout history, these differences have been a source of community strength and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression.

The idea of "race" has been used historically to describe these differences and justify mistreatment of people and even genocide. Today, contemporary scientific understanding of human variation is beginning to challenge "racial" differences, and even question the very concept of race.

RACE: Are We So Different?, developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States.

 

Find out more here. And SB, there's a great image on the right for the group icon here.

Tags: anthropology, museum, race, racism, science

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Dallas, that sounds like an interesting exhibit.  Thanks for posting.  Wish I could go, but Washington DC is not on my intinerary this year. 

 

It's interesting that the description states "It's a simple truth.  People are different".  I don't think it's such a simple truth - there are differences that we can identify, but underneath the superficial differences I think we vary more within our supposed racial categories than between them.  Same emotions, same thoughts, sometimes different window dressing.  And much of the difference is  community, family or cultural, taught or imposed, and not because of what we call race or ethnicity.

 

Still I would visit the exhibit if it travels to my area.

 

 

Nice reply Sentient!

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