The Stories We Tell Ourselves About Race

The second episode of the PBS documentary, “Race: The Power of an Illusion: The Stories We Tell” starts with this question: “It’s true that race has always been with us, right?”

“Wrong. Ancient peoples stigmatized “others” on the grounds of language, custom, class, and especially religion, but they did not sort people according to physical differences. It turns out that the concept of race is a recent invention, only a few hundred years old, and the history and evolution of the idea are deeply tied to the development of the U.S.”

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