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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Trump, America's First White President

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 12. 2 Replies

Latino Reaction to Arpaio Pardon

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Aug 27. 1 Reply

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 8, 2017 at 10:22pm

Thanks for that link, Bertold. Let me know if you find I Am Not Your Negro online.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 8, 2017 at 2:48pm

One of my favorite columnists, Leonard Pitts, Jr., wrote a review of the upcoming documentary I Am Not Your Negro.

James Baldwin, long dead, issues a wake-up call to African Americans

[Miami Herald]

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 3, 2017 at 9:52pm

Ruth, you can also see Daniel Rarela's "I'll be damned if I let Martin Luther King Jr. get whitewashed" memes directly on Twitter (in addition to other postings of his):


Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 28, 2017 at 7:20pm

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Good link on MLK memes, Flying Atheist. Unfortunately the site tried to force me to sign up to continue reading. I routinely just shut a link when that happens.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 20, 2017 at 9:47pm
Comment by Grinning Cat on January 20, 2017 at 12:52pm

Yes! Here's the direct link, for Twitterers who'd like to "like", retweet, etc.: https://twitter.com/TeaPainUSA/status/810639549177139201

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2017 at 12:29pm

Good point: Tea Pain tweet

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 19, 2017 at 10:01pm

Interesting, Daniel. Thanks.

Comment by Daniel W on January 19, 2017 at 9:11pm

Who Decides Who Counts as Native American?   Interesting article in NY Times.  The article focuses on the Nooksack, a tribe in NW Washington State amd SW British Columbia.  The tribe threw out more than 300 members, deciding they weren't Nooksack enough. 

Disenrolling members is not new in Native American tribes.  Part of the problem is that when resources are communal, the more members there are, the smaller the slice of the pie.  The same goes for Indian Casino profits, which in some tribes are divided among members.  The more members, the smaller the share.

Interestingly, since several tribes - including Cherokee - enslaved black people, when slavery ended, those black people, who had no choice in where they were living at that time, were included as members of the tribes.  But in modern times, that slice of the pie issue came up again, and the Cherokee Tribe, for one, removed 1,000 black people, whose ancesters they bought, from their tribe.  Which is sort of like if the United States had send black people to Africa after generations of forced interbreeding among different African nationalities, not to mention had children from white men via rape, such that many "belonged" nowhere.

It's an interesting topic for racism, inclusion, exclusion, ethnicity.  The old canard that only white people can be racist falls apart when we see one non-white oppressed people, oppress another non-white people whose ancestors they enslaved, or oppress others of their "own" because of arbitrary rules of what defines "use" vs. "them.:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2017 at 1:54pm

GG, yes, Daryl Davis makes the important point of distinction about wanting to return to a better time.  Ask any "minority" group what better time in the past they would like to return to and I guarantee they will have a different answer.  


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