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, 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. "

Comment by Daniel W on February 17, 2015 at 8:57am

Not sure what to make of this article from The Week.  I try to read diverse points of view, as long as they seem thoughtful or inform my own.  If anyone can tell me what the author is saying, I would be interested to hear it.  I THINK they are saying, the ideas we think of as progressive, evolve, and what was considered positive social evolution in the past would be regressive now.  Which sounds obvious,  but I may be missing the point.

Comment by Daniel W on January 20, 2015 at 9:34am

I need to see that movie.  I need something positive and uplifting.  I need some hope, some reminder,  that somewhere, some people do the right thing, not whining about what words to use for political correctness, not buried in narcissistic Randian excuses for avarice, not disingenuous and mendacious, but just doing what is good and right and caring.  Such people do exist, and have existed.  They are, in the minds of many, flawed.  They may have had affairs, had their moments when they lied, or stole, or had outbursts of temper.  But if, in the end, they showed strength of character, and empathy, and courage, and stood up for others, that's what mattered.

I really need to see some of that.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 20, 2015 at 9:15am

Charles Pierce has a thoughtful review of the film Selma titled The Ownership Of History: Selma And The Way We Look At America

His conclusion:

So we hear that the triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement, which were aided within the government by a Democratic president and the kind of Republicans who don't exist any more, are somehow cheapened and lessened by what, say, Robert Byrd and Hugo Black did in their 30's, and nobody notices that there no longer is a constituency within the Republican party for extending the franchise. The Civil Rights Movement, orphaned by popular culture and misused in memory by people who are not worthy to be mentioned in the same breath with the people depicted in Ava DuVernay's film, was an American war that culminated in an American victory, no more or less decisive than what was negotiated on the decks of the USS Missouri. It belongs to the country, which turns its back on that victory to its everlasting shame.

Comment by Daniel W on January 14, 2015 at 8:58pm

The 5 worst USA states for black people, according to The Root.   I'm kind of surprised Missouri was not one of them.  Only 1 is in the South.  Which says something too.


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