Kristin Noblin found the chairs in the back of the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit. She sat down and began tinkering with her iPhone. Although she remained in the exhibit, she was able to take a respite from her emotions associated with race.
Noblin, a self-identified European who lives in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood, is well aware of the sensitivity that surrounds the topic. She studied sociology in college, so she understands race as a social construct. The exhibit left her with much to think about.
“I’m just really sad this is so part of our culture,” she said.
Her sadness is rooted in the discrimination people have faced in the past and continue to deal with today. To her, discrimination is pervasive.
She says American society is far from where it should be when it comes to race.
Noblin is a good example of the impact this exhibit is having on visitors. It doesn’t merely spit information out but encourages introspection.
“I will be looking at things differently,” said Noblin.
She will be more aware of her own race and her privilege.
“I feel like this exhibit is just another step in my journey,” said Noblin. “I think this (the exhibit) is going to spark a lot of conversations.”
The exhibit intends to create a community conversation about race, and it seems to be doing just that. You may not have to travel to the Pacific Science Center to engage the issue of race. It might just come to you.