Where do they come from?
One of the main conversations in Talk That Music Talk is around race and music. This lesson is designed to be able to prepare students to participate in the experiences that the activists and musicians share with them. Physical anthropologist Ashley Montague called race “man’s most dangerous myth.” Critical studies of race show that the categories of “white” and “black” are not based in biology, but were created by European societies in the 1700s to justify colonialism and slavery. Separation continued with the Supreme Court case Plessy V. Ferguson, which legalized segregation. This lesson teaches students to recognize that although people use these terms to identify themselves and others, they are not fixed identities, and are based on a foundation of inequity.