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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DOJ Civil Rights Division Perversity

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 2. 1 Reply

Lightning-Fast Normalization of the KKK

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 25, 2016. 1 Reply

White Nationalism and Genocide

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Dec 10, 2016. 1 Reply

White Nationalism Rising

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Aug 26, 2016. 6 Replies

Trump leans into racism and violence

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 25, 2016. 4 Replies

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Comment by Daniel W on January 12, 2017 at 7:16pm

This video is from the former UK Minster for equality.  I may have the name wrong, but that was basically his role. 

"Things we won't say about race but are true"

This is a thoughtful essay that comes from experience, and an hones appraisal of his observations and data.  Not politically correct, and not everyone could say the things that he says.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 11, 2017 at 6:36pm

I agree Rich, "Humanity's only chance is a drastic change of consciousness." In particular, we must have greater awareness of the techniques social media, mass media, and politicians use to manipulate our minds.

Comment by Daniel W on January 11, 2017 at 5:23pm

Exploring the Epigenetics of Ethnicity.  From "The-Scientist.com". 

Scientists researched markers on the chromosome that are not within the DNA, but added to it.  Those added markers are called epigenetic, and can be inherited.  The asked if there is information to be gained that might lead to better targeting of medical treatments which have varying effectiveness and varying harm, depending on ethnicity.

"about 75 percent of methylation signatures [epigenetic markers on DNA molecules] could be explained by the children’s genetic ancestry. The other 25 percent, however, is likely due to social or environmental factors that co-vary with self-identified race/ethnicity.  In their conclusions, "Based on our study, the concept of race and ethnicity includes a lot of things including genetics, but also social, cultural and environmental factors."

In other words, 3/4 of the epigenetic changes observed here, went along with ethnicity, but 1/4 did not. 

It just gets more and more interesting!

Comment by Rich Goss on January 11, 2017 at 2:00pm

Joan, Better is Homo vacuous.  Your point about Mother Nature (Gaia) is undeniable.  Humanity's only chance is a drastic change of consciousness.  Corporate plutocrats have working people in a mental cage. 

Comment by Compelledunbeliever on January 10, 2017 at 2:40pm

Daryl Davis is indeed a great man!!!!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2017 at 10:38pm

It is time I get off my pity potty and come to terms with the fact that Homo sapiens, "wise Man," is simply not the case. Racism, sexism, ethnicity, owners of capital and owners of labor, all struggle and the minute we think we have made progress, up pops another racist, sexist, ethnicist, classist, or whatever. Progress forward>regression backward. 
We are coming upon a challenge for which Homo sapiens of any kind cannot be victorious. Mother Nature will get us all, each one of us, in the end. The Trumps will fail as well as those who try to progress and those who try to regress. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 9, 2017 at 9:52pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 9, 2017 at 12:34am

I just came across this Al Jazeera article about Daryl Davis, who was featured in the video Daniel posted below in December.

KKK members leave Klan after befriending black musician

From the article:  "I know that I have directly been the impetus for up to 40 Klan members leaving and indirectly for about 200 others.

I continue to get emails from those who I don't even know after they hear me speak or read my book.

The leader of the KKK's Maryland branch and I became friends. After he and his top members quit, their group fell apart here."

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 22, 2016 at 3:20am

Oh! Goodness me! I am a long way away from being able to sit down with white-supremacists. I can discuss ideas with people who have an interest in hearing different points of view, but not with those locked into dogma. 

All I have to do is sit outside on a clear night, look at the stars and imagine looking back at Earth and defining which race is superior, especially if I know the history of the development of civilization. I can't see any race that has a higher history. Yes, culture moved ahead in development at different stages.  Africans and mathematics, Asians and the development of the compass, gunpowder, paper, and printing, ancient Americans and architecture, old Australians and their stone masonry. 

Each culture, at different times and locations, revealed the potential of the human mind to explore, examine, experiment, and endure. Each has developed human potential. No one culture accomplished all these skills. We learn from each other. 

Present day humans have the ability to move beyond the magical, superstitious mind to a mind of care, the kind that Sam Harris urges people "to think about morality" regarding "human and animal well-being." Humans have the capacity to  view "the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a 'moral landscape.' Harris sees a "time when science will no longer limit itself to merely describing what people do in the name of 'morality'; in principle, science should be able to tell us what we ought to do to live the best lives possible."

Oh! I know! I am thinking with my utopian brain again but isn't that better than repeating the religious morality and violence that spring from the same source? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2016 at 9:24pm

Wow!  That's a fascinating video and interview.  It takes a special person to do that kind of outreach.  Daryl Davis certainly has the personality and the disposition.  


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