I decided to write about the video “The Power of an Illusion” and the matching game “Sorting People by Race” because I believe that they compliment each other very well. The video heighten what I already believe which was: people, the United States, tries so hard to find biological/scientific ties to race to use it as an excuse as to why one specific race will excel over the other. As an African American woman I do not compare myself in the workforce, or any part of my life for that matter, to others based on the color of their skin but by work ethic, experience and their hard work. I believe that scientist, as it was proven in the video, tries extremely hard to justify why minorities, specifically African Americans, have advantages/disadvantages in their lives compare to their white counterparts. But at the end of the day does that really matter? With the definition of race continually changing and evolving in the United States are we really that closed minded where we are basing another individuals testimonies/trials due to the color of their skin? As explained in the video race has become such a complex matter that even if we could find a biological answer to the question above the results would still be skewed based off of numerous individuals unique circumstances where they identify as more than one race. The matching game was a real an eye opener because I had to categorize individuals based off their profile picture into which race category they fit in. Although it was a game I was a little uncomfortable deciding what race to place everyone in because I hate assuming that someone’s identity given little to no information at all, but that was the main purpose of the game. It showed how the United States forces us to choose this category so it can be more “easy” for them to identify ourselves. I believe that the difference between people has been constructed so close-minded for so long and that we need to realize that race is something is continually redefined all the time.