The Village Square - Tallahassee - November 15, 2018

Have you ever played the Trading Races card game? Watch Dara Miles explain why Raven-Symoné is the blackest. We'll let the audience decide this one! If you weren't at last night's Local Color, you missed a good one.

Looking for an activity that:

Increases Black History Knowledge

Opens dialogue on race and inequality

Provides a space to critically examine social constructs of race

Challenges notions of identity

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Trading Races is a great addition to any Sociology, Psychology, Ethics, Intersectionality, African-American Studies, and Race courses to name a few!

Trading Races is fun, it’s awkward, and the best part is that it’s even educational. Battle out who the blackest person of the hand. Yes, you read that correctly. Would Rachel Dolezal out-black Stacey Dash? Is Justin Timberlake blacker than Justin Bieber? Trading Races provides a space to critically examine social constructs of race and challenges identity.

The game is an excellent platform to open up dialogue around:

  • Race
  • Social Constructs/Norms
  • Appropriation
  • Social inequality
  • Intersectionality
  • Identity
  • Ethics
  • Ethnicity
  • Racism
  • Black History

We are deeply invested in the educational and social significance of the game and are inspired by forward thinking educators and facilitators who use it in their learning spaces. We’re excited to see the work of so many educators around the United States. ​

Before she walked into Assistant Professor of Sociology Prentiss Dantzler’s Inequality in the U.S. course, it is doubtful that Lizzy Counts '20 ever saw herself making an argument for why pop music star and often polarizing public figure Iggy Azalea better embodies blackness than Nelson Mandela or Michelle Obama.

In fact, Counts and her team chose Azalea in what they perceived to be a tactical and competitive move as part of a game that Dantzler was using to push students to think about how they speak about race. (Counts later told the class that she didn’t truly believe Azalea was more representative of black culture than Nelson Mandela; rather she was viewing the classroom exercise through a competitive lens.)

“In this class, we look at how unequal elements shape our identity,” says Dantzler. Race, gender, class, and sexuality are the four areas of focus in the Block 1 sociology course as students investigate the nature of competition, housing, and other social sectors affected by inequality.

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