Many experts agree with an appeals court’s decision last month that dreadlocks aren’t a common racial characteristic. But left undecided: What’s a common racial characteristic?
Race is both an omnipresent part of culture and surprisingly elusive. “What is race?” might seem like an obvious question with concrete answers, but many see race as a socially constructed concept. Even if it is socially constructed, how it is thought of has legal ramifications (as shown in the case regarding dreadlocks). This is a good article that could start students asking the question “What is race?” and realize that it might be a hard question to answer.