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 The Flying Atheist on February 1, 2014 at 2:10pm

A pro argument for Stop & Frisk is:  if you're not doing anything illegal, then what's the harm.  It's just a harmless public safety measure. 

The video clearly shows how naive that thinking is.  As a society we may have constitutionally given all members equal rights, but institutionalized and personal racism is alive and well in monumental degrees.  It's shameful.  I often wonder if racism truly is declining or if we have the same level as before, it's just being deflected and expressed in more subtle ways.  Are peoples bigoted attitudes toward other races really changing at all?  When you get to secretly hear, read or see personal comments and expressions that are supposedly off-the-record, it's shocking and disheartening. 

Comment by Eddie E. Hicks Sr. on February 1, 2014 at 1:13pm

Well at least the new mayor has as promised put an end to stop and frisk. I can't believe this was allowed to go on so long. I know there are many organizations and community leaders that have been fighting this issue for a very long time. Now let's see how long it takes for the police to actually stop harassing young black men.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 1, 2014 at 12:11pm

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2013 at 9:49pm

Is Europe the new Arkansas?  Maybe. In some ways.  "Opinion:  Racism is nesting in Europe."  Europe is a big, diverse continent to saddle with such a generalization. The author states...  "These days, French society is perceived as virulently racist, but on a fundamental level it is no more racist than others. The rejection of the foreign, that which is different, that which is considered to be a threat to our security, is a universal reflex that leaves no society untouched. Racism can in some cases focus on one community, but this does not mean that others will not also be affected by it. There is no discrimination in the exercise of hatred. Everyone has to endure it."

Comment by Daniel W on November 15, 2013 at 5:39pm

Don, the more I learn, the more I realize I'll never know everything I want to know.  This is an example.  I look into the faces and wonder....  Just wonder.

As for the hierarchy of color, when are people going to move on?

On your side note, it's probably a good thing I didn't somehow wind up in Brazil in my youth.  I might have been tempted in all sorts of ways... and never wanted to return!

Comment by Donald R Barbera on November 14, 2013 at 10:56pm
It is interesting to know more about the parallels of Brazilian slavery compared with the US version. They are quite similar. Brazil is often mentioned as one the least race conscious country's in the world, but the reality is skin politics play big role in day-to-day life. When I say skin, I mean it literally. There is a visual caste system literally based on the color of ones skin. There are white Brazilians and black Brazilians with every shade in between. In business and government white and lighter-skinned are the rule. While black Brazilians hold lesser jobs sports and entertainment are dominated by darker tints. Although decidedly different, in many ways Brazil mirrors the United States. On a personal note, years ago my girlfriend and I visited Brazil. We weren't there even three hours before I said to myself, "Bringing my girlfriend with me was the equivalent of bringing sand to the beach.
Comment by Daniel W on November 14, 2013 at 5:03pm

Images of Slavery in Brazil. Late 1800s, a generation after emancipation  in the USA.   Article is from npr.org.

 Slaves at a coffee yard in a farm. Vale do Paraiba, Sao Paulo, 1882.

The video is long.  The images are compelling, moving, thought provoking, emotional, haunting.

Race slavery did not begin or end with race slavery in the Southeastern USA.  That was a major part of the picture, and there was "slavery by another name" afterwards.  But I find it informative to view slavery's history as more complex and international.  Earlier - Arab slave trade.  Later - Brazil was a last hold-out for race slavery of Africans.



Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2013 at 3:58pm
Daniel, as usual your words calm me and help me refocus. You are so correct ... everything you wrote is true.
"Talents and skills come in all ethnicities. When we deny opportunity, those talents are lost, and we all suffer the consequences."
When we think and act with honesty, and with discretion, we increase the probability of more talents becoming available and achieving better outcomes.
Comment by Daniel W on November 3, 2013 at 1:06pm

Don, I forget what i forgot.  I don't always remember what I remember, either.

Joan, I think there are still some generations to go, with good economy, well meaning people, and some righteousness, before we enter a state of racial harmony.  Humans are malleable, but populations are more challenging.    Think Bosnia, Sudan, Rwanda, Eritrea, and within the last lifetime, Cambodia, China, Russia, Germany.....   and the USA.  I think we need vigilance, memory, history, sociology, biology, and just plain trying to do good.  I think, which not everyone agrees, is ultimately we are all in this life together, we are all human, and what harms some harms all.  We also miss out when we exclude others.  Talents and skills come in all ethnicities.  When we deny opportunity, those talents are lost, and we all suffer the consequences.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2013 at 6:46pm

Reading this string evokes feelings of profound grief and anger and where does one take these emotions without becoming part of the outrageous masses? I focus on the problems that lead up to today's atrocities and it is not helping. It is like having cancer of remembering how one human being acts against another. In one video documentary I recently watched, the archeologist was in deep Africa going to an abandoned dig and her guides carried riffles in defense against rival tribes. African against African. Not unlike USA citizens against USA citizens. 

Getting rid of cancer involves pouring poison and shooting radiation into the body and changing life styles. Is that what it will take to kill the human cancers that destroy healthy ones? 

My rage against religion grows as I realize my rage turns me into an enemy of others. How does one turn rage into justice and peace? 

I had not heard of the Orangeburg Massacre; like Daniel, I Googled it and read the news reports and watched interviews of participants. That event occurred on February 8, 1968. My involvement occurred on April 4 or 5, 1968 when black men escorted me to safety from the riots. Bullets were coming from uniformed police officers, not the black residents of Anacostia. 

Feelings of shame and guilt of being a white person in a racist society does no one any good. Thought and action toward building bridges appears to be necessary; however, when I recognize the role of religion in all this chaos, I have no interest in bridge building with religious communities. Perhaps building bridges with others who feel as outraged as I can help.  


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