We’re currently conducting interviews to prepare for Season 3 of “Q & Abe,” our podcast that investigates real questions from visitors to the Cottage. The other day, we spoke with Dr. Nina Jablonski, an anthropologist who studies the evolution and social positioning of human skin color. As you might imagine, the conversation was inflected by current events.
Dr. Jablonski explained where our present-day ideas about “race” originated, how they took hold so firmly, and what their relationship is to the science of skin pigmentation. We wanted to share an excerpt with you, in the hopes that it’s helpful as you work to build your own understandings of how to think about race and racism.