In this discussion we’ll be exploring the concepts of race and racism. Although race is considered a social construction, this dimension of diversity has important historical, political and socio-economic implications for this country.

For the purposes of this discussion topic, please complete the following:

1.  Go to the PBS online companion to the documentary, Race: The Power of an Illusion: https://www.racepowerofanillusion.org/

2.  Review at least one of the following modules: Sorting PeopleEmergence of the Racial HierarchyHuman DiversityRacial Classification as Cultural, or How the Racial Wealth Gap Was Created.

3.  Respond to the following questions:

  • What do we mean when we say that race is “socially constructed?”
  • What did you find particularly interesting and/or disturbing in the information you reviewed?
  • How did this information increase your diversity consciousness?
  • How will you use this increased consciousness?

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