Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Race: The Power of Illusion and Race Sorting

I was just reading my email from Teaching Tolerance, an offshoot of The Southern Poverty Law Center trying to raise awareness of racial/ethnic issues and decreasing the conflict related to them.  In the newsletter there was a link to a PBS site called "Race: The Power of an Illusion, a video from 2003."  The main activity I was directed to was to look at pictures and sort the faces into racial categories.  Wow.  

Let's just say I was not successful.  Nor are most people.  It's a real eye-opening activity that can be done by a person on under five minutes and could be a great beginner to a social psychology unit or a mini-unit on race, ethnicity and/or prejudice/discrimination.  Great for sociology as well.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

1 comment:

Richard Keefe said...

Ironically, despite the Southern Poverty Law Center's "awareness of racial/ethnic issues," NOT ONE of the SPLC's top executives is a minority.

Despite being located LITERALLY in the back yard of Dr. King's home church in Montgomery, the SPLC has NEVER hired a person of color to a highly paid position of authority in its entire 40 year history.


Even Teaching Tolerance has been led by "whites only" for 19 of its 20 years.

It's time the SPLC started practicing what it preaches.