It's a simple truth.
People are different. Throughout history, these differences have been a source of community strength and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression.
The idea of "race" has been used historically to describe these differences and justify mistreatment of people and even genocide. Today, contemporary scientific understanding of human variation is beginning to challenge "racial" differences, and even question the very concept of race.
RACE: Are We So Different?, developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States.
Visitors to RACE: Are We So Different? will meet trained volunteers there to encourage dialogue and reflection, answer questions, and help visitors explore the exhibition. We hope you enjoy getting to know them.
Name: Laila Sanie
“I am Afghan, I am American, I am a painter, I am a quantum theorist, I am a student of religion, languages and life, and I am a human. As a student of life I want to learn about that which I do not understand or that which I would like to Better understand. Race is an issue that surrounds me in my endeavors as a musician, historian and young woman in America. Being a part of this exhibit as a facilitator will not only help me understand Race issues better but I hope that I will help others too. It is an honor for me to volunteer at the Smithsonian.”
Learn more about the history of race in America, the science of human variation, and more.
Visit understandingrace.org, the RACE Project website >
Download flyer of family activities occuring October 21st at the National Museum of Natural History.
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