Our objective SWBAT to redefine the term race, its lack of scientific basis, and its true origins.
Lets Chat Real Quick! Okay today we’re going to be talking about some very touchy subjects! We have to be respectful of everyone irrespective of their cultural background The people of society today are not responsible for the social distinctions of today! You may feel confused or angry after today!
We Must Overcome! The following lessons are not meant to exacerbate racial tensions. The lessons are meant to create an understanding and awareness
What I’m hoping is that this will be a unifier and not divisive! We are going to be talking about “white” people. No white people that you know have had anything to do with the discrimination discussed in todays lesson.
Simple We all belong to the same species Which one?
Scientists have confirmed… That there is no biological basis for race
We answer one question And now I hope you have a million more questions! Write down 2 questions that you may have now that you know race is not in our biology. TIPS
So what are the differences? No matter how scientists today scrutinize a persons genes, they cant determine with certainty whether an individual is from one “racial” group or another-Matters of Race, Educators Guide (PBS, Facing History, Roja productions)
So what do others have tosay?Dr. Harold P. Freeman
Lori Tsang If race has no basis in biology or genetics, what is it?
Sociologist Barbara Rothman What does she mean when she says the differences exist physically but matter socially? How does she challenge the idea of a simple relationship between a physical difference and a physical consequence?
What other examples in the local or national news of cause-and-effect relationships based on race?
Lets do a forunderstanding How many species of people are there? What are/is the species? What percent of our DNA is similar? What kind of biological differences are there between the races? What is race?
Lets say a lady is pregnant/baby is born? What’s the first thing that most people ask?
Continuing… What do we do if it’s a boy? How a bout a girl? What implications does the sex of the baby carry for the rest of its life?
For most of history gender has mattered! Why? What about race?
Any Guesses? How long has race mattered? 1000 points
Up until about 50 years ago? Many scientists in Europe and North America insisted that human beings were indeed divided into separate and distinct races They couldn’t agree on how many There is one thing that they all agreed on!
Their race was superior! White/Caucasian Remember what we talked about @ the beginning! Be tolerant!!!!!
According to the English OxfordDictionary… The first printing of the word white in reference to a “race” was 1671 A person of a race distinguished by a light complexion A person from the region Caucasus
Lets see where the term “race”isnt Where isnt the term race mentioned?