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The Race Exhibit in the Minnesota Science Museum

The ways people define race in the Unites States has changed multiple times in the past and continue changing and evolving today. The definition of who is Asian, African, Native American and White changed at times quite rapidly, but the saddest and most persistent discrimination, according to the “Race exhibit? in the Minnesota Science Museum, is the fact race still matters today in the United States.
One’s ability to receive loans, health insurance, adequate treatment in the hospital and even a job is till influenced by race, even if it so less than before. The most persistent discrimination seems to be against Native Americans and Afro-Americans, which does not come to say that people of Asian or Latin-American descent have exactly easy lives in the United States. It does seem, however, that Latin-American people and Asian-Americans are more likely to pass as “white? (sometimes) than Native Americans or African Americans.

While I cannot say that there were a lot of new things I have learned from the race exhibit, it did made me think about some of the little known facts that all human beings are sharing more than 99% of their genes and that 100,000 years ago all humans were Africans. It is even harder to believe that only forty years ago 27 states in the U.S. still forbid interracial marriages, and that the first time the word “White? was used in regard to race (in the U.S.) was in legislation to forbid marriages between African Americans and “white? people (1691).
Would the notion of race disappear in the next century of centuries? Only time will tell, but I think that all of us may have part in this enormous project of making all of us, men, women, GLBTQQ’s, people of every identity and ethnic origin, not complicated and complex definitions but simply human beings, regardless of background, identity, religion or creed.
Until that dream of true and complete equality will come, exhibitions like the Race exhibit in the Minnesota Science Museum would continue to be important education tools in our lives, and those of our children.