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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. 

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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 Donald R Barbera on October 31, 2013 at 10:46am

One does not have to look far to see the effects. Colonialism in Africa, Europe now suffers the same issues, of course to good old USA is the poster child for racism. It almost seems we invented it or at least that's a majority of African American and other ethnicities believe. I think Ted Cruz father saying publicly that he wanted to send President Obama back to Kenya says it all especially for a Cuban immigrant. No one, including blacks, remembers the Orangeburg Massacre. There untold stories that sit unknown to the general American public that are history for minority communities. Even though most white American aren't, per se, racist, white privilege is a subtle form that no one except other ethnic groups are aware of and there is little reason they would be aware when for them they just go on living and never have to think about the unearned privileges that come from being white. It is not their fault, but it exist. When whites speak of pulling themselves up by their bootstraps many in the black community just wish they had bootstraps. 

Comment by Daniel W on October 31, 2013 at 8:30am
Natalie, I think we have to understand racism in all of its forms, if we want to understand the human condition and promote humanism everywhere. The actions in the US, prejudice and discrimination, have been vile, but examples exist everywhere. I think they always have.

Im really disappointed the there wasnt soul searching about "the blonde angel" reporting. Why did her being blonde make her an angel? Why wasnt the discovery, she was roma, and given up by her family because they were so poor, and taken in by a poor family to raise her with love, as big of a story?
Comment by Natalie A Sera on October 30, 2013 at 11:12pm

Interestingly, I heard the tail-end snippet on a NPR show about the Roma, and the myths about child abduction are the same as the myths about Jewish child abduction. And most people don't know that many (I don't know the actual number, but it was not insignificant) Roma and Sinti people were rounded up and murdered during the Holocaust as well. Racism is not confined to the US, nor to the US-approved minorities (black, Native American, Hispanic and Asian).

Comment by Daniel W on October 30, 2013 at 10:55pm

"Maria, the blonde angel", raised by dark-skinned Roma - modern racism in Europe

 

Widely reported in the press as an abduction, and the girl could not have been Roma,it turns out she was Roma- shown by DNA tests - and her mother stated she gave Maria up in an informal adoption because she was too poor to raise the child herself.

 

The European popular press has been chastised

 

The press kept calling her the "blonde angel".  So if she was dark, or had dark hair, "angelic" would not have been used?

 

Disappointing.

 

Comment by Eddie E. Hicks Sr. on July 16, 2013 at 2:14pm

I just hope they do not change. No one is born a racist. It's a learned behavior from other racist. I was about 8 years old when I was first exposed to racism. At a small beach resort in Lower Township, New Jersey called Diamond Beach, a shop refused to sell my mother sodas on a hot Summer day because "we do not serve colored". In New Jersey of all places. That's when I got my first lesson about racism. I'm 58 now and will never forget it.

Comment by Daniel W on July 16, 2013 at 12:59pm

Glad some kids seem to be raised right.   There is a lot of movement in the right direction.

I wonder how many kids are so embracing of differences.  If these kids were specially selected or came from a particularly easy going area.

Comment by Eddie E. Hicks Sr. on July 16, 2013 at 9:28am

I wish all of the people who wrote those hateful racist comments in regards to that commercial could be forced to watch this.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 18, 2013 at 4:37pm

Comment by Daniel W on June 6, 2013 at 9:06pm

Don, thank you for commenting.  Perspective, and context, are critical for getting a grip on tribalism racism ethnocentrism....  etc.  I agree with you that 'color blind' is dishonest.  At least for our generation.  I don't know about young people who grow up in a more mixed world.  That doesn't mean enmity, or that we deny each other's humanity, or that anyone, anywhere, deserves less than human treatment.  It does mean that people see in each other that we are not clones.

Natalie, the more I think about it, the more I think "tribalism" is accurate, too.  I have some discomfort with things German, even though ethnically I am German - I saw in my upbringing too many traits of self-assured "we are right, they are less than us".  Arrogance, hubris, superiority, dogmatism.  What led me to forgive it was largely that I discovered those traits in man y if not most other ethnic groups.

It's such an important topic.  Also so interesting as to tribalism may be such a part of being human, it could be one of our defining characteristics.  If so - is our salvation to counteract it?  Or learn to harness tribalism in some what towards good for all?  And how could that be done?

Comment by Natalie A Sera on June 6, 2013 at 8:26pm

Sentient, I think "tribalism" is a VERY accurate word, not only for the situation in Israel, but also the rest of the Arab world, much of Africa and South Asia. Even in my own case, being Jewish, I was raised to be very much aware that I was not a member of the dominant tribe of this country. You probably couldn't tell by looking at me, but I know that a lot of my morals and ideals were, indeed, shaped by my tribe. Fortunately, I come from a very liberal sect, and we were taught from a young age that discrimination was wrong, and that people are people, and not to harm them unless they are trying to harm ME, and then the best way is still to get out of harm's way and report to the authorities (but I have to say that the bells of Nazi Germany still reverberate in the heart of most Jews, so they do have strong feelings about self-defense). However, I was even taught to forgive Germany, because the Germans of my age or a little older were too young or as-yet-unborn when that happened, so have no blame for it. Personal responsibility.

I don't know what I could do to change our society, which I see as having improved in some ways and deteriorated in others, except in my own actions, to stand as a role model. We all need to teach others about living together as a species of different breeds on the same planet.

 

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