I'd like to teach my summer school class (yes, I'm already planning) about the science behind race, discrimination, homosexuality, etc. The goal is to make them more aware of their own perceptions and help them understand where they come from. The majority of kids are minority students, so I've found this to be a topic they are VERY interested in.
So far I have found this awesome site: http://www.understandingprejudice.org/
You should take some of the tests, they are quite interesting.
I am finding it difficult to find reliable sources regarding the science behind and the evolution of prejudice / race, homosexuality, sexism, etc. Most of the sites are either declaring that science is evil and promotes these things (it doesn't and can't). Or the sites promote racist/sexist/homophobic messages (obviously this is unacceptable). Of the human-rights type sites, few seem scientifically reliable and most seem like they are opinion (opinion I agree with, but that doesn't make it science).
I've heard two arguments regarding race:
1) Race is just a social category to help our human brains organize things...but race doesn't actually exist.
2) There is a basis for race as far as evolution goes. The argument that there is no race is just scientists scared of being called racist. Admitting that race is a thing is not racist. Claiming that one race is better for some reason is, and is not within the realm of science.
I'd like to find some sources that support both arguments.
I'd also like some information on where prejudice comes from.
So...any ideas? Any sources besides the one mentioned above?