As a child, learning about the term “race” and gradually understanding what racism implied was somewhat terrifying and mesmerizing: why did we separate people, I thought we were all part of the same family? I was curious as to why the concept even existed. As the years went by, I sort of ignored the fact that people were categorized into “races” as my parents never supported this “arbitrary system of racial classification” (Diamond, 1994, para. 39). This course therefore serves as a way for me to understand the history of it all and finally satisfy the curiosity of my five-year-old self.
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