NBC12 Viewpoint: Race: Are We So Different?

By: Kym Grinnage email

Race. When the word or subject comes up it sometimes makes people very uncomfortable. It's not exactly the favorite topic of discussion when people are mingling and trying to get to know each other, unless we are talking to someone of the same race. Then, it seems very easy to have a long and no holds barred conversation about any flavor of race.

Recently I visited the Science Museum of Virginia's exhibition: RACE: Are We So Different? For many of us the answer is a resounding "yes" and for some of us it might be, "not really." This traveling exhibit is a project of the American Anthropological Association and it takes the subject and discussion of race to a different level. This exhibit makes it fun, interesting and engaging. It is non-threatening and allows the participant to absorb and ponder this subject at their own speed.

To prevent us from just receiving a history and science lesson, the Science Museum has incorporated a series of seminars and discussion groups designed for us to take we have seen and apply it to real life situations with different people from all walks of life. I run to these opportunities, because when I have been engaged in an honest, non-threatening discussion there has always been growth on both sides. I have never seen it not happen.

Go to www.smv.org to learn more (show as lower third). Of course, there is a time and a place to have this type of dialogue and a good place to start is right where you are standing!

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