The human race machine

15th Annual Multicultural Fair to feature race changing generator

By Maddie Darling, Writing intern

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How bizarre would it be to change the color of one’s skin? Of course, everyone has wondered what they might look like if they were born a different race, but what if it was possible to change to multiple different races– non-permanent of course. Sure to be a highlight of the multicultural fair held Thursday March 24th, the Race Machine will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thanks to the generous donations of the SC Foundation, SC Bookstore and Student Activities, this opportunity is possible.

Upon hearing about the Race Machine, one might wonder what it is really all about. The point is to teach that race really only goes skin deep and that it has no genetic basis.

“It is always educational as far as race goes,” said Director of Student Activities Todd Stowell. . “We all have same DNA, race is just a pigment of skin.”

The machine is simply like taking a picture. One will enter and capture a regular image of him or her, and then the interesting part happens after that. The machine will project what an individual  might associate a stereotypical appearance of a certain race over the initial image, even the same race as the person using it. It might surprise some that the features that they have are similar in multiple of the races. The point of this is to show that genetics and features are not predetermined by race.

“It would be interesting to see how you would look,” said Schoolcraft student Jessica Rusnica.  “I hope it would be insight to what looking different might be like.”

Informational articles by experts will be provided at the event as well as materials from RACE. There will also be a race literacy quiz available. These handouts and the quiz are to give more facts about race and to spread awareness of how little the color of skin can define people.

“This is something I would go to, it seems pretty cool actually,” said student, Amanda Rybak. “I think it’s a really good idea because it shows that the color of your skin doesn’t change anything about who you are, if your appearance changes you’re still the exact same person you were before. People are still people, and the color of your skin shouldn’t change how someone thinks of you.”

Because this is sure to be a popular activity, it is suggested that students come early to avoid lines. The Race Machine is first come first serve.

This will also have limited engagement on campus due to expected crowds.