My Racial Journey

Week 5

Racial Knowledge Part II

We hear that race is a social construct, but what does that mean exactly? How can something be ‘real’ and ‘not real’ at the same time? And if race is not biologically based, then how can it have such a strong impact on our lives?


Race: The Power of an Illusion

Watch the clip below and follow the discussion prompt below. The full documentary is also worthwhile, and available to here.


What do you want to remember from this clip or the whole movie that: – Surprised you?
– Made you want more information?
– Confirmed something you already knew?
– Made you want to tell someone something they need to know?

Now is your chance to explain it to someone else.

What would you say if a child asked you what your race is? What information would you want them to know to make sure they were getting the whole story? 

For More Information

Everyone Is African: How Science Explodes the Myth of Race by Daniel J. Fairbanks

Race: Are We So Different? by Alan H. Goodman, Joseph L. Jones, and Yolanda T. Moses

The History of the Idea of Race and Why it Matters by Audrey Smedley

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My Racial Journey was developed at the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development and with the Office’s Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program. This work was funded by a 2019 Open Education Resource Grant from the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of the Provost.

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