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 March 24, 2017 at 1:09pm

This is an interesting lady. I wonder what makes her tick. She's as white as Ivanka Trump, decides she's really black, and now on food stamps. She claims she was too black for her husband, who was black.  Plus she re-named herself an  African version of "A gift from the gods"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 10, 2017 at 11:55am

Right, Bertold. Jeff Danziger's comic.

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Comment by Thomas Murray on March 8, 2017 at 10:36am

For anyone interested,

I started reading, "A Different Mirror" by Ronald Takaki.He also wrote another similar book , "A different Mirror for Young People"

Different Mirror reflects on the American history of multiculturalism. It looks like a promising read. So far, I find it to be a relief valve of my angers and frustrations of the stereotyping I encounter from people.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 8, 2017 at 7:17am

Leonard Pitts, Jr. on Ben Carson rebranding slaves as immigrants--

MARCH 7, 2017 7:00 PM
Ben, you’re a fool — slaves were not immigrants

[Miami Herald]

It’s hard not to see this as part of an ongoing campaign by the political right to arrogate or neuter entirely the language of politics and social grievance. Consider how, in the last 25 years, “liberal” and “feminist” became curse words and “racism” was redefined as “speaking about race.” Now it’s becoming sadly common to hear enslaved Africans described as “workers,” “settlers” and, yes, “immigrants.”

Words, you must understand, have weight and effect. So this campaign is neither incidental nor accidental. No, like Holocaust denial, it is an attempt to minimize and trivialize a crucible of agony, to rob it of pathos, to render it unworthy of reverence. It’s heartbreaking to have to explain to anyone why this is wrong.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2017 at 1:23pm

Grinning Cat, While Uncle Sam Sleeps! Outstanding!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 3, 2017 at 1:16pm

Uncle Sam in a doctor’s exam room, in shorts and shirtless, revealing a body covered with tattoos of swastikas, SS symbols, KKK, “no Jews”, “no Muslims”, skull and crossbones, a Confederate flag, “Hate :)” in a heart, etc. The doctor tells him, “I’m afraid this rash is more than skin deep!”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 15, 2017 at 10:24pm

Cheezburger I just made

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):



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