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 Jo Jerome on February 8, 2010 at 2:31pm
Gotta say, for what we generally think of as the population makeup of small town America, I love the town I live in.

Woman here at the deli counter and I are talking and she refers to one of her coworkers as "The White dude."

Because 'round here, White is perhaps 10-20% of the population. So instead of the 'token' Black or Hispanic employee, we get the token White employee.

She and I both had a good laugh over the irony of that!
Comment by Jo Jerome on January 23, 2010 at 6:50pm
DG, that is just so wrong on so many levels!
Comment by Jo Jerome on January 2, 2010 at 4:01pm
You too Daniel!
Comment by Daniel W on December 31, 2009 at 9:13pm
Happy New Year to the interesting, thoughtful, free-thinking members of "Conversations on Race". Be happy, be healthy, be prosperous. I hope that your 2010 is your best year yet!
Comment by Jo Jerome on December 19, 2009 at 3:44pm
Sad, but not surprising.
Comment by David Miller on December 5, 2009 at 3:25pm
That is an interesting read but don't you think it's a little bit racist and sexist? I mean I see that the women who wrote it is coming from a pretty nasty background of interactions with whites and males, but I fail to see what good it does to make such broad scathing generalizations. No matter how true they are to her, they are not universal truths by any means.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on November 24, 2009 at 8:49pm
Too bad FDR didn't mean it. But Eleanor was on the case.
Comment by Daniel W on November 24, 2009 at 7:36pm
The moment a mere numerical superiority by either states or voters in this country proceeds to ignore the needs and desires of the minority, and for their own selfish purpose or advancement, hamper or oppress that minority, or debar them in any way from equal privileges and equal rights—that moment will mark the failure of our constitutional system. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

(stolen from Dallas's comments)
Comment by Glenn Sogge on November 21, 2009 at 4:40pm
A friend of mine is one of the founders of OneHistory.org--a resource for those interested in the true cultural history and diversity of our nation.

Of particular interest to us here on A|N is the text of a speech by a Native American.

Red Jacket (c. 1750-1830) was a Seneca leader and spokesman for the Six Nations. He gave this speech in 1805 in response to appeals by missionaries that his people convert to Christianity.

Text of speech here.
Comment by Daniel W on September 23, 2009 at 10:34am
To "Conversations" members -
Looking at the most recent discussions, I see that more and more members are posting discussions. It's great to see that people are so engaged and interested. Thanks!

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