Why skin is a social construct

Race has nothing to do with genetics – and everything to do with how we choose to see ourselves

On a Saturday afternoon at the end of last December, I sat on my sofa and watched Roots, the epic drama about the emancipation of slaves on BBC iPlayer. Luckily, I was watching alone, because ten minutes into the second episode, I burst into tears.

Nothing particularly distressing was happening on screen. It almost resembled an out-of-body experience: the 48-year-old man on the sofa was re-experiencing the forgotten trauma of his schoolmates repeatedly calling him “Kunta...
source: New Statesman

2019-06-12 20:26
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