Race, Ethnicity, & Culture

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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 April 10, 2010 at 12:05pm
Dallas,
Interesting speech there. I tried to embed that one too, and couldn't.
Comment by Jo Jerome on April 9, 2010 at 6:53pm
Daniel - "Reactionary Party of the New Confederacy" ... I like it.

Census - Not yet. Then again, this homeless hobo hasn't received a form yet. Will have to go seek one out.
Comment by Daniel W on April 7, 2010 at 11:07am
It's time that the Republican Party rename itself to something more appropriate - I think "Anal Sphincter" party would be more appopriate, but that's an insult to a useful part of the human anatomy. Maybe the "Reactionary Party of the New Confederacy" although that's long, and Sarah palin would never be able to spell "Confederacy". They also need to change their logo - maybe change from an elephant to Jesus on a cross, with a "God Hates Brown People and Fags" scroll drifting in the clouds above his crown of thorns..... The insult of honoring the Confederacy, while ignoring or downplaying the enslavement of millions, is typical and despicable.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on April 5, 2010 at 5:20pm
hahahah! Good find, Jo!
Comment by Jo Jerome on April 5, 2010 at 5:16pm

Comment by Daniel W on March 21, 2010 at 10:42am
Dallas,
I did a search on Netflix and came up with only a few hits. THere was this one -

"The Blood of Jesus / Lying Lips 1941NR121 minutes
The classic films in this collection have one thing in common: accomplished, all-black casts. In The Blood of Jesus (1941), a virtuous woman (Cathryn Caviness) who's shot by her husband must choose between heaven and hell. Then, in Lying Lips (1939), two detectives (Carman Newsome and Robert Earl Jones) must rustle up some "ghosts" in order to exonerate a woman (Edna Mae Harris) who was wrongly convicted of murder."


It looks interesting.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on March 6, 2010 at 5:24pm
James Earl Jones starred in "The Great White Hope" a film based on Jack Johnson's life. It's been a very long time since last I saw it, so I don't know how loosely it's based.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on March 6, 2010 at 9:57am
Unforgivable Blackness is a very good film. I highly recommend it. Also liked the film score.
Comment by Jo Jerome on February 16, 2010 at 10:18pm
Honestly, I've been gone a lot the past week (and will be the next couple of weeks) and have somehow missed the entire drama.

But I will agree Daniel that Nexus in general - and this group has been a big part of it - has allowed me as well to discuss things I'm rarely comfortable discussing.
Comment by Daniel W on February 14, 2010 at 11:17am
In the interest of transparency, I feel the need to comment on the recent discussions and outcome related to suspension.

I sent Ralph an email asking for him to return, and reinstated him on the member list. Ralph has contributed to this discussion group from the very beginning, and has a long record of scholarship and leadership. That he takes what he does seriously is no surprise. My worry was that Ralph's responses to "Blackman" could have been an issue in the site Terms of service, and I did not want that to be a problem.

"Blackman" (Now "Double Standards" - I'm sure in response to my suspending him) does not have a record of positive contribution, and seems interested mainly in posting diatribe, under the guise of "Freedom of Speech", and promotion of "anarchy", although he has also posted in other places about his sexual prowess. He persisted in derailing discussion in pursuit of making his complaints clear, when it had nothing to do with the discussion. He made several name and avatar changes over a short span of time, even location and gender change. No explanation for that, and no rules against it, but the impression is one of obfuscation.

I stand by my decision to continue "Blackman"s suspension. Since he is suspended from this group, he's not able to comment here as well, so I feel it's only fair for me not to say more than was already clearly documented in his Nexus posts and activity. I have not removed any of his statements, although some seem to be gone - possibly he removed them. I have not re-opened his post about Farrakhan, but since he can't comment on it now, I think that's appropriate. He can re-post it as a blog post if he so desires, this is no restriction on his freedom of speech.

I know that my response may be imperfect, but it was not without significant thought. Bottom line, as I stated to "Blackman" as well, is this group is about building bridges, and I sincerely hope that we continue to do that. I feel that many of you are my friends now. We discuss topics that I don't get to discuss elsewhere, and it's great to be involved in this group.
 

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