Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Classifying People

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I was not sure what to blog about so I just googled race and I found an educational site by PBS. It actually has an activity where it will give you 20 pictures of different people and it will ask you to sort them according what ethnicity you believe they are. I did it and I was very surprised because I got a lot of them wrong. Sometimes you may think that it can be easy to guess someones heritage just by their appearance but of course it is not. This activity just proves the point PBS was trying to make. It is not right to judge people based on their appearance and the race you may believe they are.

http://www.pbs.org/race/002_SortingPeople/002_00-home.htm

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Written by cristyb7513

March 5, 2010 at 4:21 am

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  1. I, too, agree with this point. Last night I was actually at a table, for a forum on multiculturalism, where there was a guy who was of Indian decent, however he was born in Jamaica and raised by that culture, so he identifies with Jamaicans. Another example, is my little in my sorority she is of Arabic decent although her family, for generations, was born and raised in Haiti, so she identifies as Haitian. So, it truly is hard to prejudge someone and categorize them before getting to know them.

    lp0812

    March 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm

  2. This activity seems really cool and I completely agree that sometimes we see people and we automatically associate them with a specific ethnicity or culture. We need to focus on looking beyond appearances and learning open up to people, without wanting to instantly classify them.

    dmg24

    March 6, 2010 at 1:03 am

  3. This website and activity definitely echoes the point that you cannot judge a person or classify a person just on their outward appearance. I once did this for another class and a room of 30 people could not put every person into their correct ethnicity.

    mato89

    March 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm


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