As you have read in this week’s material, race is a social construction and a biological fiction, but it is also responsible for real consequences in our world insofar as prejudice, discrimination, and negative stereotypes are concerned.
For this week’s Discussion post, you will be sorting people based on the race with which you identify them. Please take the Race Literacy Quiz from California Newsreel. (Links to an external site.)
When you’re done with the quiz, complete the activity Sorting People (Links to an external site.) found on the PBS website.
After you’ve completed the quiz and activity, reflect on how you did and whether you were surprised by the results. For your Discussion post this week recall the reading material and engage deeply with what you read and respond to the following questions:
- Why do social scientists consider race a social construction?
- What is an example from news or social media that demonstrates how race is a social construction? Please include a link to share in your post.
- Finally, reflect on the activities from this week’s lecture material and use a personal example from the sorting quiz results to discuss how race is a social construction.