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 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.
Comment by Michelle on February 12, 2010 at 9:02pm
I took me months to correct mine, I added the 'e' on the end. I did keep the picture the same just in case.
Comment by Daniel W on February 12, 2010 at 9:53am
The former member of this discussion group, now known as "Double Standards ??" has a profile listing as being a woman form England. His former names included "Blackman", "Freedom of Speech", "Censored", and others. He, or she, was suspended from this discussion yesterday due to hijacking a thread for use in a personal argument. He or she was warned several times, and had been in the past.

I tried to the best of my ability to return the discussion to original topic, and to civility. My skills only go so far.

I truly regret having had to suspend anyone from the group.
Comment by Daniel W on February 9, 2010 at 10:47pm
I love that Lily Allen song - I have it on my ipod and play it in the car, singing along.
Comment by John Secular Smith on February 8, 2010 at 11:54pm

That video NEVER gets old. I smile every time I see it.
Comment by John Secular Smith on February 8, 2010 at 11:50pm
Wouldn't also half the gay people like the breasts Dallas Gaytheist? =P
Comment by Jo Jerome on February 8, 2010 at 11:49pm
I'm sure this vid has been posted somewhere on A/N, but it's worth posting again...

I just find myself singing this tune every time I hear some shithead go on about the evils of gay marriage.
Comment by Jo Jerome on February 8, 2010 at 11:47pm
'K, except her hands are totally in the way of his.
Comment by Double Standards??? on February 8, 2010 at 6:52pm
Thanks Gaytheist. ;)
Comment by Jo Jerome on February 8, 2010 at 6:05pm
In other news, a Facebook friend just responded to one of my posts, "If Homosexuality is a disease, I'm calling in gay to work tomorrow."

I like it. "Gee Boss, I was catching up on my episodes of 'V' and, well, Elizabeth Mitchell in tight jeans and a leather jacket. I'm going to have to call off gay for a couple of days until it wears off."

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