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 Bertold Brautigan on September 16, 2015 at 12:11pm

The Hidden Re-Segregation of American Schools

© Josh Sager – August 2015

. . . Unfortunately, it is now apparent that the public victories in the fight against segregation have been undermined by a series of little-known losses. In fact, recent studies have found that the United States educational system is actually more segregated today than at any point since 1968, and is on a trend towards even more segregation.

. . . The inequality created through school privatization is not an unintended side effect of a well-meaning policy—it is, in fact, a planned way of getting around desegregation efforts. While there are many well-meaning school privatization advocates, large portions of the privatization movement are connected with the “school choice” and “neighborhood schools” movements that formed in white communities in response to integration. When public schools started to integrate, white elites decided to abandon them and start their own institutions where they can control who is allowed to mix with their children.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 16, 2015 at 12:02pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 15, 2015 at 7:26pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 2, 2015 at 9:46pm

from cheezburger

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 31, 2015 at 10:41pm

Great video, Daniel. Thanks!

Comment by Daniel W on April 27, 2015 at 9:28pm

How is the experience of being a black man, experienced by someone who started life in a female body?

The hardest part to hear: "I wish I could say it gets better, but it doesn't"
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 20, 2015 at 2:41pm

Reported on Alternet--

All But One of Small Town's Police Force Quits When African-American Woman Is Elected Mayor

"Following the election of the town’s first African-American mayor, five of the six officers on a small Missouri town police force resigned en masse, reports KFVS."

Comment by Daniel W on April 6, 2015 at 9:17pm

Indian-American fraternity party boy couldn't get into medicalschool, so he shaved his head and pretended to be black.  Then he WAS accepted into medical school, quit after two years.  Now he wants to cash in on the experience.  He wasted a place in medical school where someone else might have made a difference.

Comment by Daniel W on March 19, 2015 at 10:22pm

The news on race this year has been sobering.  It feels to me like there has been a worsening of racial inequality, racism, and trivialization of racial topics. 

Urban League President Marc Morial  "Black America is in Crisis" CBS News.  However, in the article, it sounds like there is incremental progress.

Im curious about the red equal sign Morial is wearing.  I know there is a gay red equal sign, but this looks different.  It leads me to wonder  - with all of the ribbons, and the red equal signs, is there a logo that promotes racial equality?  Would it matter if people wore such a logo?  

My car has a Human Rights Campaign FUnd equal sign.  I would love if there was such a symbol that promoted racial equality.

Comment by Daniel W on February 17, 2015 at 11:07am

Among the truisms among those promoting racial equality, is that racism can only be practiced by white people against nonwhite.   The truth is far more complex, and racism is universally practiced by in-groups against out-groups, even when both groups are out-groups and there is intermarriage between them.

IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork.com   Are Louisiana Tribes Turning a Blind Eye to Racism - despite centuries of intermarriage, " Social and legal prohibitions had been put in place to discourage any form of intermarriage with black people and to distance them from relatives who were perceived to have some black blood. Indians were attempting to shield themselves as best they could from further discriminatory treatment by the whites that surrounded them. By removing their own kin with attachments to the black community and intermarrying with white individuals, many were attempting to reduce the levels of prejudicial hostility they had experienced since the intrusion of whites on their lands. This historical reality has had devastating effects on indigenous families that intermarried with black people amongst numerous tribes in the nation. The Chitimacha are a poster child for such discrimination. "


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