Watch the Podcast:
NPR Podcast: Invisibilia: What Does “Race is a Social Construct” Actually Mean? (Links to an external site.) (1:02:22)
Then answer the questions below
- What percentage of race would you classify as rooted in nature (genetics) versus what percentage is rooted in culture? Give me two numbers that add up to 100%. Clearly indicate which number is which, and why you picked those percentages.
- Should people have the ability to select the race they want to identify with most? Why or why not?
- If so, should other people be permitted to contest some people’s choice and on what basis or criterion?
- If not, then who gets to determine racial categories (the Census? Lawmakers? Doctors? Biologists? Companies like 23andMe? Your friends and family? People with a good “race-dar” [like a gaydar for race]?) and on what basis or criterion?