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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 31, 2016 at 5:36pm

from PBS

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 3, 2016 at 9:49am
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 29, 2016 at 11:53am

Nice video, Flying Atheist. Thanks.

Comment by Rich Goss on May 29, 2016 at 8:32am

I haven't taught biology in many years and my memory is rusty, but I remember teaching the class a law of speciation.  As long as species have room to move into new territories, speciation and biodiversity will increase.  A good example is grizzlies and brown bears evolving into polar bears as the clade moved north.  The snowy environment caused obvious phenotypic changes. Fir color became white.

The irony that concerns racism is that when new territories are saturated and there's no new locations to evolve into, the opposite trend takes place.  Cladistic variation shops and homogeneity kicks in.  Instead of becoming more distinct, phenotypes homogenize.

The irony is that all humans eventually will be mulattoes.  

Comment by Rich Goss on May 29, 2016 at 8:18am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 29, 2016 at 3:15am

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 2, 2016 at 12:51pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 27, 2016 at 11:33am
Phenotypically; however, there are obvious differences. Why is it necessary for us to eliminate the idea of race altogether? They exist don't they???

Joshua, how we use the word "race" reflects many social norms, which often hide systemic/institutionalized racism without our noticing. For example seeing an individual who is 1/4th African American as obviously phenotypically Black, isn't just about word use the way seeing a recliner as a chair is.

It's more helpful, more constructive, to discuss racism than race. It's not wrong to study and be fascinated by human evolution, by our diversity. We just need cultivate sensitivity to the social/cultural background of our discussion. Language is one of the pillars of oppression (not just race based), along with coercive law, and oppression-based expectations. Religious codification can be all three.

Now the big issue is, how to we get the races, which exist, to get along.

The first step, as I see it, is consciousness raising. We start by. delving into our own personal unaware participation in racism. It took me many years to discover the extent of my own racism and sexism. If we avoid such critical introspection, we come across as a naive liberal, as an oppressor in denial, when we try to discuss issues with those who differ from us.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 7, 2016 at 1:36pm

Disgusting Milton Friedman quote, Bertold.

Texas Textbooks <groan><faceplam>.

If you can't read the text, here's the original.

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?


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