Most people in the United States affiliate race with physical characteristics such as skin tone, hair texture, and bone structure. However, race is a specious classification of humankind constructed by white people. It uses ‘whiteness’ as the model of human worth for the purpose of establishing and maintaining social, economic, and political power.
Do you believe that your race correlates to your skin tone? Because that wasn’t always the case. So how did Americans come to believe that race equals certain visible physical characteristics such as skin color and hair? And why is it that certain ethnic groups that were once considered “non-white” became reclassified as “white”? Watch the episode to find out.