Race

Race is a social construct; a false narrative; a social invention to advantage one group and to disadvantage another. Genetically and biologically, there is very little difference between so called races of people, yet the biological myth of race is used to categorize and classify people. These resources help students understand the sociological and biological construct of race.

TypeTitleNotesDescriptionCategory
ReadingDepression Is Serious Effect of Racism on Children and Youth
Depression Is Serious Effect of Racism on Children and YouthRace Discussion
VideoSkin Color is an Illusion
Anthropologist view of skin colorRace Discussion
VideoMatter of RaceIntroduction to the topic of race from varying points of view.Race Discussion
VideoSomewhere in AmericaIntroduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
VideoAmbiguous about my Racial Indemnity
Introduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
VideoCuranderismoIntroduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
VideoMy Blood is Beautiful
Introduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
VideoIn this Shade (Colorism)
Introduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
VideoMass Graves
Introduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
VideoWolfchildIntroduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
VideoKevin, 2017 Poetic Address
Introduction: Young people-poetry
Race Discussion
LessonThe Biology of Skin Color
Penn State University anthropologist Dr. Nina Jablonski walks us through the evidence that the different shades of skin color among human populations arose as adaptations to the intensity of ultraviolet radiation in different parts of the world. Also available in Spanish.
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VideoRace and EthnicityRace and EthnicityRace Discussion
LessonIs Racism Dead?Students investigate events surrounding the integration of Little Rock (Arkansas) Central High School and explore racial harmony in their own school. Included: A survey to determine whether racism is dead at your school.Race Discussion
LessonA Class Divided
Students will deepen their understanding of privilege and assess where they stand in relation to privileges granted to white-skinned people in a racist societyRace Discussion
ReadingTen Things Everyone Should Know About Race
Ten Things Everyone Should Know About RaceRace Discussion
ReadingThe Effects of ColorismThe Effects of ColorismRace Discussion
ReadingExamples of Subtle Racism and the Problems It Poses
Examples of Subtle Racism and the Problems It PosesRace Discussion
ReadingUnderstanding Racial Prejudice
Understanding Racial PrejudiceRace Discussion
VideoDemographic structure of society – race and ethnicity
Video from Khan AcademyRace Discussion
ReadingWhat Is Racism: A Definition and Examples What Is Racism: A Definition and ExamplesRace Discussion
ReadingWhy Interracial Friendships Are Rare Among Both Children and Adults
Why Interracial Friendships Are Rare Among Both Children and AdultsRace Discussion
ReadingWhy You Should Avoid Using Racist Language
Why You Should Avoid Using Racist LanguageRace Discussion
VideoThe Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color
By cataloging every conceivable human skin tone, Angélica Dass illustrates that skin color and race are more complex than they might appear at first glance.
Race Discussion
LessonWakandaBlack Panther Film Movie CompanionRace Discussion
LessonFacing Racism in a Diverse Nation
A six-session discussion guide to help all kinds of people take part in meaningful dialogue to examine gaps among racial and ethnic groups and create institutional and policy change. Race Discussion
VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.The African Americans and Black in Latin AmericaRace Discussion
LessonDialogue for Affinity Groups
A supplemental guide intended to give people with similar racial or ethnic backgrounds an opportunity to talk with each other about issues of racism in sessions preceding and following the regular diverse dialogue sessions of a community-wide study circle program. These optional discussions are designed to be used with Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation.Race Discussion
VideoCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity looks at the popularity of hip-hop among America’s white youth. It asks whether white identification is rooted in admiration and a desire to transcend race or if it is merely a new chapter in the long continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation?Race Discussion
LessonImpact of skin colorActivity to explore the impact of skin colorRace Discussion
LessonRace the power of an illusionCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Race - The Power of an Illusion
Episode 1- The Difference Between Us examines the contemporary science - including genetics - that challenges our common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits.

Episode 2- The Story We Tell uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. The episode is an eye-opening tale of how race served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as "natural."

Episode 3- The House We Live In asks, If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions "make" race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.

By asking, What is this thing called 'race'?, a question so basic it is rarely asked, Race - The Power of an Illusion helps set the terms that any further discussion of race must first take into account. Ideal for human biology, anthropology, sociology, American history, American studies, and cultural studies.
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VideoSkin DeepCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Skin Deep was produced in response to the growing wave of racial hatred and violence in this country. It was made out of the belief that talking about racial issues, both in interracial dialogue and in homogeneous groups, is a necessary first step towards taking action to undo the racial inequities that permeate our institutions and communities and that affect us all deeply as individuals. Race Discussion
VideoAfro Latinos
Afro Latinos speak about race and ethnicityRace Discussion
LessonRACE: A Teacher’s Guide for Middle and High School
This teacher’s guide serves as a teaching tool to assist educators in addressing race and human variation in the classroom. The guide meets national and select state standards for science and social studies and teachers may use the various lesson plans to develop a module on race and human variation for biology, social studies or social science classes.
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