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Race, Ethnicity, & Culture

Beliefs about race and ethnicity influence our cultures, politics, and relationships.  What is race?  What is ethnicity?  This group explores those concepts.

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Racism and the effects of ethnocentrism are alive and well in the 21st century.  Racism and humanism are incompatible by definition. 

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The most human, and humane, thing that we can do is acknowledge and support the humanity of people who are different from ourselves.  Curiosity about what makes us human, by necessity, includes curiosity about our human ethnic heritage.

 

We are incredibly enriched by immersing ourselves in a diverse world.  We are intellectually and emotionally impoverished when we exclude others who are not our mirror image.

 

This discussion group includes many topics about race and ethnicity.  Feel free to comment to new threads, or resurrect old threads, if any spark your interest.

 

My 2 cents. Daniel W.

 

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Comment by Daniel W on June 4, 2017 at 7:26pm

Two women running a Portland food cart, are politically-corrected out of business because of their appropriation of Mexican style burritos.  Washington Post.  I can't be politically correct about this - I don't believe that two white women making tortillas in a food truck is taking away jobs or prestige from Mexican people.  I've been in all sorts of restaurants and food vendors that had people preparing the food, who were not the ethnicity of the food being prepared, such as having ethnic Mexican cooks preparing Chinese and Thai food, or Chinese cooks preparing Italian food.  What difference does it make?  Just enjoy the food, and if there is a different take on the flavor or preparation, such as Korean Tacos, that's great too.  Just enjoy and explore.

Comment by Daniel W on June 4, 2017 at 7:13pm

NY Times editorial, "How Interracial Love is Saving America".  Ever since I left the rural midwestern enclave that in my youth, that I claimed was surrounded by the "Corn Curtain", I sought enlightenment, variety, wisdom, perspective, by expanding my ethnic horizons, including dating, romance, and sexuality.   I would never say "I don't see color", because that's as silly as saying "I don't see sex or gender", but knowing and loving someone who is not one's own ethnicity, makes it all seem very ordinary and normal, pretty quickly.  At least that was my experience.  I wouldn't have lived life any other way.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 14, 2017 at 10:23pm

The elephant in the room people are afraid to talk about and don't want to admit exists.

 

Comment by Daniel W on March 27, 2017 at 2:59pm

Defy ethnic stereotypes and expectations.  This video is from the show "Mongolia's Got Talent".


My favorite part is the 3rd song, even though it's totally in Mongolian, Michael Buble, reborn!

Comment by Daniel W on March 24, 2017 at 1:09pm

This is an interesting lady. I wonder what makes her tick. She's as white as Ivanka Trump, decides she's really black, and now on food stamps. She claims she was too black for her husband, who was black.  Plus she re-named herself an  African version of "A gift from the gods"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 10, 2017 at 11:55am

Right, Bertold. Jeff Danziger's comic.

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Comment by Thomas Murray on March 8, 2017 at 10:36am

For anyone interested,

I started reading, "A Different Mirror" by Ronald Takaki.He also wrote another similar book , "A different Mirror for Young People"

Different Mirror reflects on the American history of multiculturalism. It looks like a promising read. So far, I find it to be a relief valve of my angers and frustrations of the stereotyping I encounter from people.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 8, 2017 at 7:17am

Leonard Pitts, Jr. on Ben Carson rebranding slaves as immigrants--

LEONARD PITTS JR
MARCH 7, 2017 7:00 PM
Ben, you’re a fool — slaves were not immigrants

[Miami Herald]

It’s hard not to see this as part of an ongoing campaign by the political right to arrogate or neuter entirely the language of politics and social grievance. Consider how, in the last 25 years, “liberal” and “feminist” became curse words and “racism” was redefined as “speaking about race.” Now it’s becoming sadly common to hear enslaved Africans described as “workers,” “settlers” and, yes, “immigrants.”

Words, you must understand, have weight and effect. So this campaign is neither incidental nor accidental. No, like Holocaust denial, it is an attempt to minimize and trivialize a crucible of agony, to rob it of pathos, to render it unworthy of reverence. It’s heartbreaking to have to explain to anyone why this is wrong.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2017 at 1:23pm

Grinning Cat, While Uncle Sam Sleeps! Outstanding!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 3, 2017 at 1:16pm

Uncle Sam in a doctor’s exam room, in shorts and shirtless, revealing a body covered with tattoos of swastikas, SS symbols, KKK, “no Jews”, “no Muslims”, skull and crossbones, a Confederate flag, “Hate :)” in a heart, etc. The doctor tells him, “I’m afraid this rash is more than skin deep!”

 

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