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 Bertold Brautigan on October 30, 2016 at 5:20pm

Esquire ran a post on the Oregon protesters v. the Dakota protesters:

When You're a Protester, the Color of Your Skin Is All That Matters
The difference between Oregon and North Dakota.

The whole column is here, but here's the crux:

The white privilege embedded in the two competing narratives is almost too garish to contemplate, and it is beyond argument.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 5, 2016 at 1:25pm

Spot on, Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 5, 2016 at 12:10pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 31, 2016 at 5:51pm

from a Robert Scribbler blog comment

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 31, 2016 at 5:36pm

from PBS

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 3, 2016 at 9:49am
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 29, 2016 at 11:53am

Nice video, Flying Atheist. Thanks.

Comment by Rich Goss on May 29, 2016 at 8:32am

I haven't taught biology in many years and my memory is rusty, but I remember teaching the class a law of speciation.  As long as species have room to move into new territories, speciation and biodiversity will increase.  A good example is grizzlies and brown bears evolving into polar bears as the clade moved north.  The snowy environment caused obvious phenotypic changes. Fir color became white.

The irony that concerns racism is that when new territories are saturated and there's no new locations to evolve into, the opposite trend takes place.  Cladistic variation shops and homogeneity kicks in.  Instead of becoming more distinct, phenotypes homogenize.

The irony is that all humans eventually will be mulattoes.  

Comment by Rich Goss on May 29, 2016 at 8:18am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 29, 2016 at 3:15am


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