Beginning last summer, I decided to devote much of my time and energy to issues related to Black Americans. I have done much reading and studying. While I have not become an expert, I have been learning from experts and one surprising reality has opened my eyes: The concept of race itself is forged from myths and misinformation. Race is a social construct invented in modern times to support the enslavement of dark-pigmented people from Africa. Being a teacher at heart, I wrote this blog to share what I have learned with you.
Read on to learn about genetics, the history of term “race,” religious and scientific theories about race, and how IQ testing perpetuated race-based science in the 20th century. I hope that we can collectively come to understand the origins of the concept of race and thereby truly understand the origins of racism. By getting to the roots of racism, we can open the doors to greater harmony in our country and around the world.