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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Resisting toilets

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Pentagon/ Joseph Mengele - potatoes/potaatoes

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Baltimore and Climate Change

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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 W 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
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 15, 2015 at 7:26pm
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!

Comment by Daniel W on April 27, 2015 at 9:28pm

How is the experience of being a black man, experienced by someone who started life in a female body?

The hardest part to hear: "I wish I could say it gets better, but it doesn't"
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 20, 2015 at 2:41pm

Reported on Alternet--

All But One of Small Town's Police Force Quits When African-American Woman Is Elected Mayor

"Following the election of the town’s first African-American mayor, five of the six officers on a small Missouri town police force resigned en masse, reports KFVS."


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