The traveling Race Exhibit is currently residing at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. It is a mind blowing exhibit that is not easy to digest in one sitting. The topics range from crime and race to race and real estate (redlining and the Fair Housing Laws etc.) to racial disparities within education.
The photo below shows how each individual would’ve marked the census on the corresponding years. Should we continue to ask people to check a box indicating their race on our yearly census form? Judging from our history – we aren’t faring so well with the whole labeling thing. Lest us forget that race is a socially constructed concept anyways. Is it important to keep this data for the sake of government benefits, money allocation and/or working to reintegrate communities (racially)? Does the Hispanic origin section confuse Latino’s? Why does White always come first on the census – shouldn’t it be alphabetical?
People were asked to write down their thoughts throughout the exhibit. Here are a few:
“What” are you?
- Racism and the Chosen People; who chooses who? (shoshanascorner.wordpress.com)
- “Thirty-Nine Questions for White People” artist Naima Lowe: “Who gets to be white hasn’t always been the same” (salon.com)
- Trans-racial, Bi-racial (onewomanschoice.wordpress.com)