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: Efrata Yitbarek
“The notion of Race is prominently embedded in my psyche because I was born in Ethiopia and was raised in Moscow, Russia until I spent the second half of my life in America. Now in my early twenties, I am transitioning into the world of adulthood and also taking on becoming an American Citizen. Because of my upbringing, Race carries a different meaning than in America. As a Facilitator in the exhibit I look forward to exploring the cultural development of Race and its lack of biological evidence with the visitor and with myself as a student.”
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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