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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White Nationalism Rising

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Comment by Angelia Arrington on April 9, 2009 at 1:30pm
Daniel, I forgot to thank you for posting this blog.

I grew up predominately in South Central's "William Nickerson Garden's Housing Projects" and about four weeks in Mississippi. They both showed obviously different takes on race and ism in Americana in the 1960's. As a result, I chose to stay neutral and not join any race or creed unless it was a basis creed where we treat one another (and the knuckledraggers who did not subscribe to our views) as respectfully as possible.

I think being bi-racial kind of helps. The only difference between the blue plate special and the smorgasbord is that you will only get a "meat and three" (veggies) as opposed to foods from various regions. Plus you can eat some of them with your fingers. lol

Comment by Angelia Arrington on April 9, 2009 at 1:15pm
I am truly lucky enough to have traveled throughout the U.S., Europe, and south America and have seen all manner of life.

Each place reminds me of the other in one way or another. It is too bad that people do themselves (and the rest of us) a great disservice by clumping all similar looking people together. In my experience people really are not all that typical when you deal with them on a one on one basis. Tall talk is small, small talk is non-existent.

It seems that we as a whole spend so much time and energy trying to figure out the bible (a book that was written centuries ago, mainly about a guy who lived centuries before that) than we do trying to be civil and non-judgmental of each other's few cultural differences.

The bible is necessary for spiritual guidance for those who need it by the way. (You can tell that I am used to getting beaten up about my religious views.)
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 9, 2009 at 12:32am
And now I live in the USA, having spent some time living in Indonesia and visiting a few other countries (Mexico, South Africa, Canada, etc.) I have friends from many backgrounds and long ago stopped seeing skin color as anything other than another general characteristic, like hair length and nose shape.

On the other hand, I have no problem with being politically "incorrect" in assuming that "pure" races, if there are any left, may have measurable differences in qualities and characteristics which are valued by caucasian city dwellers, including cognitive differences. I do not make the mistake of assuming that these values are necessarily superior than others which may be lacking in said caucasian city dwellers.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 9, 2009 at 12:21am
I believe that we are so inbred these days that it is getting rather difficult to determine what a "race" is anymore. I, for example, am another Aussie Mongrel. My father was Welsh, my mother was Australian born of British stock with bits of northern Irish and some (more) Welsh via South Africa. So that makes me a healthy hybrid with the associated "vigor".
Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on April 5, 2009 at 6:47pm
Had to change the image - the 'blue marble" earth is used for another group, as well as for an avatar. This was non-copyrighted so will see how it looks.

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