A new exhibit at the Old Mint in the French Quarter asks the question about race: Are we so different?  Sandra Gonzalez reports.


As you enter the exhibition "Race," you notice the giant image of a bus focused on a child. What is her ethnicity? Does it matter? Should it matter? Apparently racial titles have for the past couple of centuries.

"We're going to tell you this is what you are and give this definition to you without taking the time, without really understanding who these people were or what their cultures were, what their language was," says Turry Flucker of the Louisiana Civil Rights Museum Project.

"Race" is on a national tour covering a variety of issues from human slavery, to anthropology, to the civil rights era--even a collection of people of mixed race responding to the titles people place on them.

The exhibition has puppets for children to learn they can get involved in any kind of career, no matter what their skin color is.

Piles of money are also on display to make a point between the haves and the have-nots, showing minorities historically have had less access to higher education and better housing.

There is an exhibit on the myths about sickle cell anemia being solely a disease limited to African Americans or of African descent.  You can also see a giant map on the floor noting everyone comes from Africa.  A mural displays how the census has changed its classification of people over the past 150 years, that many Americans would consider offensive.

"We are not different. We are the same. And we have cultural differences--but we are humans," says Flucker.