Who Am I? Race Awareness Game
© 2018 Interactive Diversity Solutions
Teaches: Race, ethnicity, culture
"Because skin colors are not just black and white, it my be hard for children to use questions about skin color to eliminate choices in the game. Suggest that they ask whether the person's skin color is lighter or darker than someone you both know."
"Because skin colors are not just black and white, it my be hard for children to use questions about skin color to eliminate choices in the game. Suggest that they ask whether the person's skin color is lighter or darker than someone you both know." This is a guessing game where you pass the iPad back and forth between players (e.g., an older child and an adult). First, you choose a person from selection of 20. Next, pass the iPad to the second player. They have to ask questions to eliminate which person you have picked with questions like "is the person young or older, light skin or dark skin, smiling... and so on. The experience, while clunky and hard to use, is designed to stimulate a productive dialogue between adults/educators and children regarding the complex and sensitive issues of race and ethnicity. It is based on the work of Michael Baran, a cultural anthropologist. The free app is available in the Apple iTunes store for iOS devices. Note that this is onto the "Guess Race" game, which has not been updated as of 6/4/2020. Also note that the interface could be improved. For example there is no "back" option on many of the screens, and the game has some pauses that make you wonder if the app is frozen. There also is no audio (it would be better if you could see a video of the people being interviewed). Here is some of the content from the game: "Have your child pay attention to the way people smile." "What should you do if your child says the "N-word" or some other derogatory term? They probably are not doing it maliciously but are rather trying out some words they have heard. Don't just tell them it's wrong - explain to them why it's wrong. Tell them about the tragic history linked to these words." "We're all English, 14 generations back. I've seen reverse discrimination at my company. They are big on diversity - on hiring people born outside the country." "Children older than 13 might enjoy watching the movie "Rabbit Proof Fence." It demonstrates some interesting and horrific ways that race and race mixing where used for policy in the 1930's in Australia."