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RIOS Working Group - Debunking the Myth that Race is Biological

Author(s): Melanie Lenahan1, Karen Gaffney1, Jalissa Mitchell2, Caitlin Schneider1, Sydney Lehrer2

1. Raritan Valley Community College 2. Rutgers University

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This RIOS Working Group grant funding compensated Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) students for creating curricular materials that could be used to debunk the myth that race is biological. Not only does this myth persist, but belief in it is…

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This RIOS Working Group grant funding compensated Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) students for creating curricular materials that could be used to debunk the myth that race is biological. Not only does this myth persist, but belief in it is rising. This is a serious problem for two reasons. First, this belief is false; second, it is dangerous, with harmful and even fatal consequences. This myth has served as a rationale and justification for white supremacy, colonialism, genocide, slavery, eugenics, and more. Institutions of higher education have an opportunity to take a more active role in debunking the myth that race is biological through teaching.

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Version 1.0 - published on 06 Mar 2024 doi:10.25334/6CYS-WC02 - cite this

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This RIOS Working Group grant funding compensated Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) students for creating curricular materials that could be used to debunk the myth that race is biological. This interdisciplinary project included two students from Karen Gaffney’s Race in American Literature and Popular Culture and two from Melanie Lenahan’s course Genetics. The students were introduced to this topic in their respective courses, and they researched and created materials that can be used to teach others about this topic in these courses.

 

 

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Please find Karen Gaffney's resource page: 

https://dividednolonger.com/recommended-resources/

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