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GVSU Teach-In: Race and Racism Today
Race and Racism Today: Misinformation and Myths
This workshop invited participants to a conversation on the misinformation and myths that dominate current public perceptions on “race.” Anthropology has made significant contributions to understanding human variation and why “race” persists as a cultural idea with real (economic and political) consequences. A panel of anthropology faculty addressed concepts of race and racism from biological, cultural, linguistic, and archeological perspectives, drawing on resources from the “Understanding Race After Charlottesville” of the American Anthropological Association. Joining the panel were students and a practitioner from the community with expertise on refugee issues. Participants were invited to raise questions and share experiences of confronting the concepts of race and racism in educational and real-world contexts, in order to engage at greater depth on possible avenues for breaking down racial myths.