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The Paradox of Race: Lessons from the Smithsonian


by Jeffrey Aaron Snyder October 07, 2011

A review of the recently opened RACE exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the most ambitious effort to educate the public about race and racism in a generation. The exhibit provides an opportunity to reflect on how academic scholarship can contribute to important public education initiatives. The author argues that race education should be organized around a central paradox: the fiction of race, the reality of racism.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 07, 2011
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16559, Date Accessed: 4/24/2014 5:28:17 AM

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  • Jeffrey Aaron Snyder
    New York University
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    JEFFREY AARON SNYDER is a historian of education who writes about the twentieth-century United States. He recently earned the Ph.D. from New York University with a dissertation entitled "Race, Nation and Education: Black History During Jim Crow."
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