Drawing on examples from Rattansi’s discussions in chapter 3 (20-44), when did the idea of race emerge and what varied forms did it take in what historians have often called the early modern period (c. 1500-1800 CE)?

Your grade for this assignment will rest on having not only fully answered the questions and having responded to a classmate’s post in a thoughtful way, but also having organized your ideas and having used conventional grammar and sentence structure. Think of this assignment as a mini essay that you can use to begin drafting your short essay for this issue.

First, take the “Who Is White?” quiz at http://www.understandingrace.org/lived/who_is/index.html. Think about what knowledge you’re using to answer. Geography? Census categories? Migrations? Current events? When you finish the quiz, compare your responses to how others have responded (see the link at the end of the quiz). How do you know if your answers are correct? Or, is there even a right and wrong answer for each nationality? Share the details of your experience with the quiz with your classmates as part of your reading post.

Second, read Rattansi, Racism: A Very Short Introduction, 1-12, 20-44. As the next part of your reading post, answer the following questions with a high level of evidence and analysis: When the term “racism” was first coined in the 1930s, largely as a way to describe the Nazi expulsion (and later extermination) of Jews, in what ways did biological notions of race overlap and intermingle with cultural notions of race? Drawing on examples from Rattansi’s discussions in chapter 3 (20-44), when did the idea of race emerge and what varied forms did it take in what historians have often called the early modern period (c. 1500-1800 CE)?

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