Identities

Information about the Portraits

Lopez Aaron Lopez, Sephardic Jew of European ancestry born in Iberia. Image Source.
Rivera Jacob Rodriguez Rivera, Sephardic Jew of European ancestry born in Iberia. Image Source.
 Brandon Isaac Lopez Brandon, Sephardic Jew of mixed European and African ancestry. Born in Barbados. Converted to Judaism because when he was born his father (but not his mother) was Jewish. Image Source.
LopezS Sarah Lopez, Sephardic Jew of European ancestry. Wife of Aaron Lopez and daughter of Jacob Rodriguez Rivera.  Born in Americas. Image source.
Maria Maria Louisa de Hart, of mixed Sephardic and African (and white?) ancestry.  Father was Jewish. Born in Suriname. Image Source.
Husband Johannes Ellis of mixed white and African descent. Born in Ghana. Image Source.
ABR Abraham Rodriguez Brandon, Sephardic Jew of European descent. Father of Isaac Lopez Brandon. Born in Barbados (?). Image Source.

Which of these did you guess “correctly”? Why did you make the guesses you did? Did you assume if someone was Jewish they were of purely European descent?  Given the above information, are there any problems with Benoit’s categories?  Click here to see what other people said.  What do you make of other people’s responses? To understand more about why Benoit’s categories are flawed, read Jared Diamond’s “Race Without Color.”

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s