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Omaha Table Talk | Race, Really: The Myths and Realities of Racial Differences

October 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Omaha Table Talk | Race, Really: The Myths and Realities of Racial Differences

From a biological standpoint, there is an overwhelming consensus that there is no genetic basis for the contemporary view of race. As a species, we are predicted to share 99.9% of the same identical DNA. There is no one singular gene that controls for race. Despite the efforts by some, the notion that races are fundamentally different beings cannot be used to simplify the very complex nature of the human genome. Although there are certainly genetic traits that individuals express on a regional basis, the main one being skin color, these factors represent genetic changes brought about by environment and external factors, not differences that can be traced back to large shifts in genetic make-up that would constitute for the biological distinction between race.  

So, what is race, really? Physical differences between individuals carry no inherit value, however, they often can be found as the motivation for much of the discrimination we see in the modern world. Scholars often point to 18th century colonialism by Europeans and Americans as the source of modern attitudes towards race and racial differences. The social construction of race was used as a tool to justify and rationalize the enslavement and treatment of conquered people. The idea of race has long blanketed society in myths of human culture, behavior, and biology. So please join us as we dissect the myths and realities of racial differences with the help of an expert panel.  

5:00-6:00pm | Durham Exhibit Access

6:00-6:15pm | Gather & Get Food

6:15-7:30pm | Panel and Table Discussion

Omaha Table Talk is a program which ensures everyone has a seat at the table – inviting all to take part in an open and honest dialogue about race, ethnicity, and other forms of difference, while enjoying a complimentary meal. 

This event is free, open to the public (age 15 and older), ASL interpretation available, wheelchair accessible, and vegan/allergy-friendly. Registration is strongly encouraged so that specific diet requirements can be taken into account.  


 Please address questions or concerns about this event to katherine@inclusive-communities.org.



The Durham Museum
801 S. 10th St.
Omaha, NE 68108 United States


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