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.

Location: Global
Members: 236
Latest Activity: Sep 15

Group to be closed 10/1/17.  If you have posted something that you want to save, now is the time!

Discussion Forum

Trump, America's First White President

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 12. 2 Replies

Latino Reaction to Arpaio Pardon

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Aug 27. 1 Reply

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Comment by Thomas Murray on September 15, 2017 at 12:30am


 I agree with you wholeheartedly. Having an expiration date allows a person flexibility to mold her/himself differently in the future without having to explain what was said years ago. It is like some animals that shed old skin to start anew and fresh skin.

Comment by Daniel W on September 14, 2017 at 10:42pm

Ruth, I'll copy here what I sent someone else in an email:

I did consider appointing a moderator, however every decision has its consequences.   Leaving all of those discussions in place, is not a completely benign act either.  Looking at 9-year old discussion threads, I realized that most people engage in these conversations as if they were ephemeral, not thinking that someone a year, or 5 years, or 10 years down the line, can read those thoughts and words, to their own purposes and effects and conclusions. I  would not want to be held accountable in some way, for something I innocently said a decade ago.  In some ways, I wasn't the same person who I am now.  I know I may be in the minority on this, but I think discussions should have an expiration date.  I don't think they should be regarded as permanent monuments.  People should not have to think, what will someone think of me, when they read this in 10 years?  I think people should be more free to safely express their ideas as they develop, without the weight of history bearing down on them.

There could also be web security risks to people who don't even remember posting on Nexus.  It's amazing to look at old posts and see many names, many people, who I forgot about years ago,   The bots, phishing, malware, and hacks grow ever more concerning.  I think some housecleaning at times can be beneficial.  We should not be virtual hoarders of every post and comment thread.  Every time I log on to Nexus via Firefox, I have to bypass a warning that this site is not secure. That always concerns me.

I know there are members who view it differently, and want their posts stored on Nexus permanently.  However, Ning TOS specifically states this is not to be used as a file storing site. 

Anyway  those are my thoughts.  I do want to give people a chance to review their old posts, save them, and even repost them if they are so moved.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 14, 2017 at 10:16pm

Oh no! I don't want to just lose everything here. Can't you get someone to replace you as moderator instead of us losing all of our participation here? How about asking Joan?

Comment by Daniel W on September 13, 2017 at 10:33am

I am cleaning up my presence on Atheist Nexus, including my role as group creator for various, mostly unused groups.  This group has more activity, but I am also planning on a clean slate here as well. 

What that means is, the group will be made inactive.  Some members may have posted materials that they want to copy and save, and possibly post again elsewhere if appropriate.  If you have material that you want to save, I encourage you to do that.  The group status will be changed to "inactive" on October 1, 2017.


Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 1, 2017 at 3:31pm

from GoComics.com
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 29, 2017 at 8:13am

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 11:04pm

Ruth, the perfect cartoon! I'm reposting it! 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 26, 2017 at 10:58pm

Thanks, Joan. There should be far far more memorials of Native Americans.

by Stuart Carlson at GoComics.com

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2017 at 11:31pm

Confederate Monuments Are Coming Down Across the United States. Her...

It is long past due that statues of pro-slavery people come off of and out of all public buildings and grounds; Confederate monuments have no place in our nation's memorials. Their battle was to save slavery; not a humane, noble, or moral goal, even if the holy scriptures of all Abrahamic faiths condoned slavery. Our country's principles stand on a high plane of achievement than that of  historical Jews, Christians, and Muslims

By all means, Daniel's suggestion of creating monuments to black heroes reflects what U.S.A. represents, at least to me. 

Statues of  "Sojourner Truth, George Washington Carver, Nat Turner, Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Shirley Chisolm, Barbara Jordan, Booker T Washington, and a host of other heroic figures who happen to be black, should be available to remember the great struggle of the black people. 

I also agree that Native Americans have a place in our country's places of honor. Only recently, the fallen Native Americans who fell at The Battle of Little Big Horn have tombstones where Natives died trying to preserve their way of life. 

"Finally, after 123 years during a small ceremony on Memorial Day, May 31, 1999, Mr. Mangum and Mr. Doerner unveiled the very first red granite markers for Indian warriors who fell in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

"After the markers were unveiled, Mr. Eaglefeathers said something to Neil that still gives him goose bumps: He said that his people “now have a reason to stop” at the battlefield. It is a fact that American Indian visitation has increased dramatically since then, and even more so since the Indian Memorial dedication."

History of the Warrior Markers Little Bighorn Battlefield National ...

Little Bighorn Battlefield

"Around 80 to 100 Lakota and Cheyenne died in the battle and a few red markers indicate some of the spots where they died."

Comment by Daniel W on August 25, 2017 at 2:14pm

Why were confederate statues erected?

It was to further a white supremacist future.

Which explains why most of those places, supposedly honoring their history, do not have prominant monuments to, say, Sojourner Truth, George Washington Carver, Nat Turner, Frederick Douglas, Hariet Tubman, Shirley Chisolm, Barbara Jordan, Booker T Washington, or a host of other heroic figures who happen to be black.  I wonder, with new empty pedestals and monument locations opening up, will we see some that tell of these courageous, dedicated, honorable, noble figures?


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