SOC 308 Week 1 DQ 1 Constructing Race
Constructing Race. Review the PBS website RACE – The Power of an Illusion as you prepare for this discussion. This site offers many examples of how the science of human difference contradicts ordinary ideas of race.
As we see in the readings and in this website, race is socially constructed, a system of thought and human behavior not directly based on nature, instead resulting from social ideas and practices. In other words, race exists because people believe it is real and important.
Please respond to the following:
a. How has race been constructed in the United States?
b. Provide a specific example of how race continues to be socially constructed.
c. What groups are harmed, and benefit, from these constructions of race?