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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White Nationalism and Genocide

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by The Flying Atheist 55 minutes ago. 1 Reply

White Nationalism Rising

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

Trump leans into racism and violence

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

Diversity promotes critical thinking

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 2. 2 Replies

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on May 8, 2014 at 8:25pm

I had the pleasure to meet at least three of them while I was at Xerox. A couple were customers. Another was a friend's husband. A Barry Rand now is the CEO of AARP. I worked for Barry at Xerox. There are others. Former NBA player, Dave Bing runs a steel company. There several in the music industry. The CEO at Xerox is a black woman. Those are just a few, but they're out there, just not in the number you might expect.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 8, 2014 at 5:06pm

t's not a large number, far smaller than one would expect from a random cross section of demographics, but there are CEOs who are not white men.   I know of some but diversity inc has a better list.


Based on personal experience with a diverse succession of CEOs, I don't think ethnicity or gender make for a company that is more compassionate, less aggressive, or less obnoxious.  What we aim for in diversity at the top, is for anyone to be the most Machiavellian, greedy, ruthless ass, regardless of race or gender.  Until we achieve that, the world will not be a fair place

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 8, 2014 at 3:06pm

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on February 2, 2014 at 4:10pm

Those lawsuits are needed.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on February 2, 2014 at 2:20pm
Although there were no strategies in place called "Stop and Frisk," when I was a teenager, being stopped,questioned,frisked or even arrested were nothing new. Sadly, the practice of stopping blacks and Latinos is hardly new, it just has a formal name now. There saws a cartoon in old Playboy Magazine that note of what happened to blacks. The captions under the three pictures read, "One Negro=baseball player." "Two Negroes=Sammy Davis Jr." "Three Negroes=Riot!" Not much has changed since then except that most Americans find it unacceptable, but profiling by ethnicities and race is also nothing new, except that Middle-Easterners have been added to the mix. Sadly, with the election of President Obama and indifference of the Republican Party, racism seems to have a stamp if approval. I know that not all Republicans aren't racists, not even most, but the Party seems to attract them. My friends and I have been stopped, questioned, searched and a few beaten and jailed. Only a public outcry against such police behavior will stop it. I even thought about legislation that reinforce the portion of our law preventing illegal search and seizure be aggressivly enforced will make a difference . That and a few $350 million lawsuits would put an end to it.
Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on February 2, 2014 at 11:17am

Over and over and over and over again. Pathetic. I hope the new mayor provides a new type of leadership.

That racism continues to raise it's stupid head in the 21st century, shows we must always be vigilant, never assume "that's in the past", always promote 1st hand diverse interactions so people don't get into "they" are different from "us" modes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 1, 2014 at 11:34pm

This string is a sad one indeed, and very little evidence that real changes for the positive happen. I wonder how the world would be different if each creature, human and all sentient beings, were considered as treasures to be valued, that the role of government is to protect and defend the weak against the strong, and if flourishing of all things, including non-sentient things, were esteemed? 

The films and photos reveal the effects of domination and submission. That should be convincing enough to realize what we value is from the lunatic fringe!

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


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