Race, Ethnicity, & Culture


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. 


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 thomas smith on August 25, 2011 at 6:36am

Natlie Sera, i am not sure i quite understand your idea.

not to say that other groups did not suffer but, american indians were mostly eliminated and their continent stolen.

the Africans were not only enslaved but the constitution and federal / local /laws declared them not humans., these are the only 2 groups that did not come here voluntarly, everyone else could of turned around and went back home so i think that is the  big difference

Comment by thomas smith on August 25, 2011 at 6:26am

to an extent i think you are corrrect, even though the european "explorers" always commented that the native peoples, from the pacific to the americas almost always  welcomed strangers.

i suspect that the cherokee thing is a mixture of resource allocation and learned attitude.

Comment by Daniel W on August 24, 2011 at 6:54pm
It kind of goes to the idea that humans are "tribal", meaning that for many people the world is divided between "people like me" and "other". Many people are able to take the larger view, that we are all human and we all have qualities and needs and frailties and skills and contributions and flaws in common, so time to get over the "tribal" thing. But, my worry is that the need for people to scapegoat, and competition for resources, and need to divide might be stronger than the need for humanity to be treated as human, and the opportunities for enjoying life on crossing "boundaries". Personally, I'm all for the "crossing boundaries". The Cherokees throwing out the descendents of former slaves of Cherokees is probably a competition for resources thing. It seems to me it is really wrong - "We will take you as slaves, but you will not be one of us".
Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 24, 2011 at 1:33pm
SB, it always angers me when the "approved minorities" claim that they can't possibly be bigoted because they are the objects of bigotry, so only "whites" can be bigoted. Hey, ALL of us are a minority of one -- each of us is unique in some way, and EVERYONE can be the object of bigotry. Personally, I'd like to stop identifying people by whether they're a member of an approved minority (the big 4 -- Black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American) because there are PLENTY enough non-approved minorities to go around. Let's start looking at people as human, and try determining what their individual needs are, rather than going by their appearance!
Comment by Daniel W on August 24, 2011 at 9:10am
Cherokee nation expells Freedman slave descendants.


The Cherokee nation "formally booted from membership thousands of descendants of black slaves who were brought to Oklahoma more than 170 years ago by Native American owners.

Removal from the membership rolls means the Freedmen will no longer be eligible for free health care and other benefits such as education concessions."

Lets all hold hands and sing kumbaya now.
Comment by Daniel W on August 21, 2011 at 9:55pm
Ta-Nehisi Coates on "The Negro Work Ethic".  My only disappointment in this article is that it is not longer.  Well, that and the comments, while much more thoughtful than most internet comments, don't seem so related to the article as to labor politics. quoting Fanny Kemble, "  in designating hard work "slave labor" and thus a marker of slavery, the slave society degrades labor, itself, and thus retards the growth of the country. Racist anti-slavery folks, who had no sympathy for blacks, often made this case.  Coats states that he doesn't buy this argument but doesn't spend much print talking about why.  As a society now, are there similarities to how immigrant labor is used, and how that influences the underground economy in places where such labor is used in a slave-like way but without the investment that actually owning slaves requires?
Comment by Daniel W on August 5, 2011 at 12:07am
You are right Eddie.  This death toll is greater than the recent Tsunami in Japan.  People wouldn't quit talking about the tsunami.  The 29,000 figure here is just kids, too.  Not including adults.  I keep thinking that as a people we are better than this.  But we are not.
Comment by Eddie E. Hicks Sr. on August 4, 2011 at 6:50pm
If they were Caucasians of course people would notice. It's sad when you have boxers showing off by burning hundred dollar bills not to mention the billions wasted on unnecessary wars. Those people are dying at no fault of their own. The whole world should be sending some type of relief. Maybe they would be better off if they had a tsunami like in Japan. But then the Japan is a well off nation. Their catastrophes can effect the rest of the world. So the world reacts.
Comment by Daniel W on August 4, 2011 at 5:35pm

29,000 Somali kids died of starvation in the past 90 days.


I wonder if anyone is paying attention.  If this was 29,000 Belgians, say, or 29,000 Welsh, would people notice?



Comment by Daniel W on August 3, 2011 at 9:49pm

Is it just me, or is trashy racist crap appearing with more frequency lately?  Is this the intelligent discussion that leads to election of good leaders?  (Not safe for work)




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