Human Race Machine

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"It's a machine that allows students to scan their face into the machine and it will show them what they look like in six different races" says C.J. Woods, the Director of Diversity Relations at Western Kentucky University.

The Human Race Machine is the creation of artist Nancy Burson. One of the thought processes behind the machine is "The more we recognize ourselves in others. The more we can connect the human race."

Graduate student, Desiree Williams, says: "I've always been interested in seeing what I would look like as another race."

The Human Race Machine gives students the opportunity to see what they would look like as a different race. But that's not all; students say it helps them when it comes to dealing with diversity issues.

Williams says: "It sparks discussion among your friends. So I think something that's normally taboo, race, with this it helps it be more comfortable to talk about."

Woods says: "I think they have a better appreciation for race and they realize there is not gene for race."

There's been a lot of curiosity about the machine. It's also startling to see how they look as another race.

Williams says: "A couple of the choices it was a little different. I didn't expect to look like that. There were others where I was like, 'Hey, I look pretty good."

Not everyone is in favor of the Race Machine. Some students have expressed negative opinions.

Woods says: "Why are we doing this? And why would I want to look like another race, but we think it's an educational component for students because we're trying to prepare them for the real world in a global society."

Showing that there is really just one race, the human one.