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3-19 Race Power of an Illusion Discussion

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What does it mean to say that race is socially  constructed?
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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.
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Race is socially constructed –  look at the U.S. census 1790: The U.S. had its first census; it had four categories Free White Males Free White Females All Other Free Persons Slaves 1870: there were 5 races White Colored (Black) Mulatto (people with some black blood) Chinese 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
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