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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Aug 26. 6 Replies

Trump leans into racism and violence

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 25. 4 Replies

Diversity promotes critical thinking

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 2. 2 Replies

All White "Black Americans" for Cruz

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 31. 14 Replies

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 27, 2016 at 11:33am
Phenotypically; however, there are obvious differences. Why is it necessary for us to eliminate the idea of race altogether? They exist don't they???

Joshua, how we use the word "race" reflects many social norms, which often hide systemic/institutionalized racism without our noticing. For example seeing an individual who is 1/4th African American as obviously phenotypically Black, isn't just about word use the way seeing a recliner as a chair is.

It's more helpful, more constructive, to discuss racism than race. It's not wrong to study and be fascinated by human evolution, by our diversity. We just need cultivate sensitivity to the social/cultural background of our discussion. Language is one of the pillars of oppression (not just race based), along with coercive law, and oppression-based expectations. Religious codification can be all three.

Now the big issue is, how to we get the races, which exist, to get along.

The first step, as I see it, is consciousness raising. We start by. delving into our own personal unaware participation in racism. It took me many years to discover the extent of my own racism and sexism. If we avoid such critical introspection, we come across as a naive liberal, as an oppressor in denial, when we try to discuss issues with those who differ from us.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 7, 2016 at 1:36pm

Disgusting Milton Friedman quote, Bertold.

Texas Textbooks <groan><faceplam>.

If you can't read the text, here's the original.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 16, 2015 at 12:18am

Bertold, yes, I read about that also.  Here's a "Business Insider" article with a video of the mother whose son brought to her attention the issue of slavery in the textbook. 

Texas mom accuses textbook company of erasing history with one word

Slaves are mentioned in a notation, a mere side note, in the "Immigrant" chapter of the textbook.  

This revisionist history battle has been going on for years.  Here's an article from the San Antonio Current which details more of the controversial teachings.

Anti-Confederacy Movement Rekindles Texas Textbook Controversy

During the Revolutionary War, wasn't it Moses who crossed the Delaware by parting the water?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 15, 2015 at 10:34pm

I just heard a snippet of an NPR report on this today, but apparently there's some controversy (go figure) over the fact that a Texas textbook has substituted the term "worker" for "slave." Oh by the way, the same textbook includes Moses among the founding fathers. I suppose he parted the Mississippi so the workers could tote that barge and lift that bale.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 16, 2015 at 9:52pm
I read tbe article.
I think I dont belong in modern USA. Then agsin, I think I dont belong anywhere else, either.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 16, 2015 at 12:11pm

The Hidden Re-Segregation of American Schools

© Josh Sager – August 2015

. . . Unfortunately, it is now apparent that the public victories in the fight against segregation have been undermined by a series of little-known losses. In fact, recent studies have found that the United States educational system is actually more segregated today than at any point since 1968, and is on a trend towards even more segregation.

. . . The inequality created through school privatization is not an unintended side effect of a well-meaning policy—it is, in fact, a planned way of getting around desegregation efforts. While there are many well-meaning school privatization advocates, large portions of the privatization movement are connected with the “school choice” and “neighborhood schools” movements that formed in white communities in response to integration. When public schools started to integrate, white elites decided to abandon them and start their own institutions where they can control who is allowed to mix with their children.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 16, 2015 at 12:02pm
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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 2, 2015 at 9:46pm

from cheezburger

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 31, 2015 at 10:41pm

Great video, Daniel. Thanks!


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