Video Reflection 2: Race: The Power of an Illusion (Episode 1)

Video Reflection 2: Race: The Power of an Illusion (Episode 1)

Follow the instructions below to view the video through the library website: 1. Go to: https://chattanooga.ensemblevideo.com/Watch/Yf75PbMr 2. If necessary, enter your TigerWeb/eLearn user name and password. Provide a detailed discussion of the following questions based on the film: 1. What most surprised you about the film? Which particular arguments or information stuck out the most to you? 2. How does the film criticize the idea of race as biology? Discuss what these scientific criticisms mean for the common beliefs of individuals about race. 3. What was Frederick Hoffman’s research? How does the film criticize his findings? Why do you think Hoffman chose the subject he studied and came to the conclusions he presented? 4. What theory is presented to explain differences in the skin color of different populations? What about the differences in sickle-cell traits of different populations? How do these differences challenge the concept of race? 5. Given the information presented, what explains the differences in the achievements of social groups in fields such as academics, sports, and music? 6. Interviewees in the film argue that race is not biologically real, but still a relevant social and historical category? What is meant by this argument? Do you think race is still an important sociological factor? Why or why not?