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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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All White "Black Americans" for Cruz

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 31. 14 Replies

Diversity promotes critical thinking

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NYPD assumes you can't be a black sucessful woman, so you must be insane

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Resisting toilets

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How black are whites? How white are blacks?

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Comment by Daniel W on November 30, 2012 at 10:09pm

As we try to unravel the tangled web of human ethnicity...  genetic studies show ancestral native americans and ancestral europeans genetically linked due to migration of hunter-gathers in the northern regions.  "Today the hunter-gathering ancestral population of Europe appears to have its closest affinity to people in far Northeastern Siberia and Native Americans."  I know, we are all descended from Africa, but this study is still interesting.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 6, 2012 at 9:42am

I agree, Natalie! That "Message for White Voters" is great!

Sentient said, "I know race is an artificial construct, and does not exist genetically as a clear categorization, except as what we view in our minds. I think racism is real."

Perhaps there's a parallel there: gods are artificial constructs; theism is real.

Comment by Natalie A Sera on November 6, 2012 at 12:33am

Ruth, I LOVE it!! Especially because Obama actually has just as much white as black ancestry! He's the quintessential American in that way.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 5, 2012 at 10:55pm

A little presidential race humor.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 21, 2012 at 11:33pm

Sentient,

That's an interesting remark you made:  I also think it's easy for a white person, like me, to say race isn't real, but for many people, their race defines many aspects of what happens in their lives.


I think that's very true.  If you are a minority race in any population you will likely be subjected to, unfortunately, not only discrimination but unfair labeling and treatment.  And those experiences definitely define what happens in their lives. 

But I would say that, for example here in the US, race defines Caucasians just as much.  Our majority status and "white privilege" has served us very well.  We've been quite prosperous; often times only because of our race.  That's also quite defining. 

A major problem with "white privilege" is that it has allowed us to ignorantly view race and discrimination as a problem that some minority group needs to solve on their own.  Many white people have not been able to see the subtleties of our everyday privileged advantage.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2012 at 9:56pm

Sentient, it is a fascinating story and one that has so many implications especially about personality development. Romney seems so detached, unable to read his audiences, speaking as if he were a spoiled nine year old at times, and trying to mimic grown-ups who talk at a different cognitive level than he does. Inappropriate, insensitive, arrogant, hubristic. All in all, I find him a most unattractive human being, full of himself.  

Comment by Daniel W on October 21, 2012 at 9:40pm

TFA,

I agree with you idealistically.  I know race is an artificial construct, and does not exist genetically as a clear categorization, except as what we view in our minds.  I think racism is real.  How racism can be real, but race not real, is a challenge.  Ethnicity is also real, in the sense that there are many people who have strong identity in their ethnicity.   I also think it's easy for a white person, like me, to say race isn't real, but for many people, their race defines many aspects of what happens in their lives.

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I don't think we should be voting for someone because they identify as African American (Obama being bicultural, and not with a strong African American heritage) or trying to appeal to a "Hispanic Bloc" as a Hispanic wannabee (Romney's attempt to convince Hispanics hes sort of "one of them" while keeping WASPS comfortable that he's "one of them".)

Comment by Daniel W on October 21, 2012 at 8:38pm

Joan, 

Sorry, I didn't mean to mislead.  That reference list is from the Wikipedia article.  I mean to give credit where credit is due.  It does tell an interesting story about a type of American family.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2012 at 2:10pm

@Sentient Biped, you put together a powerful reference list that reveals strong influences on Mitt Romney. I share your list with my family and friends because it is so revealing.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Romney 
"From wikipedia:  (On George Romney):  Romney's grandparents were polygamous Mormons who fled the United States with their children owing to the federal government's prosecution of polygamy.[1][2] His maternal grandfather was Helaman Pratt (1846–1909), who presided over the Mormon mission in Mexico City before moving to the Mexican state of Chihuahua and who was the son of original Mormon apostle Parley P. Pratt (1807–1857).[2][3][4] In the 1920s, Romney's uncleRey L. Pratt (1878–1931) played a major role in the preservation and expansion of the Mormon presence in Mexico and in its introduction to South America."
Sentient Biped

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2012 at 12:59pm

The Flying Atheist,  You state it perfectly, without a doubt we exist along a line of evolution that changes from species to species and from time and place. So, get over it creationists, the evidence does not fit the conclusion. 

" We are just one race:  Homo Sapiens.  And let's not forget that we apparently manged to get some Neanderthal into our mix as well.  We've been mutts since day one. "

~ The Flying Atheist 

 

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