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Integrations Updates

Because the strategies of intentional integration are constantly evolving, there is always new research and information that can inform our thinking and influence our actions. The Coalition hopes to help keep you abreast by highlighting facts that may not be commonly known or understood.

Did You Know…?

A new UC Berkeley-UCLA report says the Berkeley Unified School District’s plan to maintain diversity could serve as a model for other public schools nationwide that are seeking constitutionally sound desegregation programs. Not only has the integration plan achieved substantial integration, it was upheld earlier this year by the state appellate court, a decision that the California Supreme Court allowed to stand.

The full story is online at:
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2009/09/01_schoolintegration.shtml

“There is a longstanding consensus among scientific specialists–evolutionary biologists and biological anthropologists–that the human species has no races in the biological sense. What people look like and people’s genes vary gradually around the planet, with the great majority of variation in Africa where our species originated, and where humans have lived the longest. If humans did have biological races, they would all be in Africa.”

“Even though skin color and hair form are biologically based, grouping them into races is a social classification. For example, we could invent a race of people with large ears and small feet, and another race of people with small ears and large feet. These are also visible biological features, but it is easy to see that races created from such features are social rather than biological categories.”

Sources:
Blogs: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/
Looking in the Cultural Mirror:http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/looking-in-the-cultural-mirror/201007/the-census-and-race-part-i-key-issues
How understanding race and culture helps us answer the question: “Who am I?”
by Jefferson Fish, Ph.D.