3-19 Race Power of an Illusion Discussion

3-19 Race Power of an Illusion Discussion - What does it...

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Unformatted text preview: What does it mean to say that race is socially constructed? Race does not biologically exist. BUT race becomes real when there exists: Social meaning Public policy Private actions When there are laws and actions that create differences in life chances – based on a constructed idea of difference – race is a real construction in our lives. Race is socially constructed – look at the U.S. census 1790: The U.S. had its first census; it had four categories Free White Females All Other Free Persons Free White Males Slaves 1870: there were 5 races Colored (Black) Mulatto (people with some black blood) Chinese White Indian 1890: whites were increasingly concerned with “race mixing.” This census had 8 races listed and half of them applied to black or partially black races White Colored (Black) The U.S. census 1910 & 1920: “Mulatto” returned to the census form, only to disappear for good in 1930. Between 1930 & 2000 some racial classifications appeared and disappeared Eskimo part­Hawaiian Hindu Mexican Between 1930 and 2000 some racial classifications have appeared and remained Filipino, Korean, Hawaiian The 2000 Census offered a variety of racial categories White Black American Indian or Alaska Native Asian Indian Chinese Filipino Japanese …to the 2010 census Race: The Power of An Illusion What examples do we see of life chances being affected by this social construction? ...
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