Segments in this Video

Race Relations Project (03:32)


Dr. Samuel Richards and Dr. Laurie Mulvey co-direct the project at Penn State University. Students take a complex screening test that pits the modern concept of social race against genetic science; ancestry is categorized into four groups.

Multicultural Society (04:16)

Richards and Mulvey consider why students are eager to learn their genetic composition. Several students learn they are 100% what they expected, but others learn unexpected information.

Self-Identification and Race (03:57)

Richards and Mulvey discuss two white students who learn they have African heritage. They consider the implications of genetic discovery and discuss understanding the reactions of family members to genetic tests.

Social Implications (04:02)

Richards and Mulvey's work is about extending dialogue and building an understanding of race fluidity. Mulvey believes most people will put the genetic test results aside, but some undergo a radical transformation. People create the categories of race.

Race Relations (09:08)

Richards and Mulvey discuss benefits for students and the nation. Members of society must work to increase understanding of one another; science helps people come together. Richards cites obstacles to meaningful race conversations.

Credits: Are You Black or White? (01:19)

Credits: Are You Black or White?

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About 100,000 years ago, defining race was not an issue because, as modern scientists agree, it was apparent that the first humans originated in Africa. Over the next 50,000 years, waves of humans left Africa and spread throughout the world. Today's human rainbow species is the result of that migration. This program from Tony Brown's Journal looks at how the historic reality of genetic science came face to face with the modern concept of social race when modern students at Penn State University, who considered themselves as 100% Black or White, took a complex screening test that compared their samples with those of four regional anthropological groups. The results are eye-opening and diverse.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL167272

Copyright date: ©2005

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