The goal is to make widespread some of the fascinating anthropological, historical, psychological and sociological insights about race – how race developed, how race is historically changing, and how race affects our everyday lives as it intersects with other categories of identity such as ethnicity, nationality, religion, and gender.
Baran’s newest materials are two interactive apps for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad users, one geared to adults and one for kids. “I’ve found many parents promote the ‘color blind’ approach to race, rather than talking to their kids. Hopefully this fun “guess who’ kind of game can start a dialogue that will extend beyond the game itself into day to day interactions,” says Baran.
The “Guess My Race” app (you can try a sample presentation of it here in pdf format) will break you of any unconscious labeling habit after the first minute, as you guess how people in photographs would answer the question “What race are you?” Following your guess you will find out how the person self-identifies, plus you’ll get some historical and cultural facts related to identity.
The kids counterpart, the “Whom Am I? Race Awareness Game. is designed to open a dialogue about human physical diversity and racial identification between children (3+) and parents or caregivers.”
The apps are only $0.99 each–that’s less than $1.00 to get started on making the world a more warm and embracing place.
Hmmm, pack of gum, or world peace? Which one will you chew on today?