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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  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

    Disgusting Milton Friedman quote, Bertold.

    Texas Textbooks <groan><faceplam>.

    If you can't read the text, here's the original.

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

    Phenotypically; however, there are obvious differences. Why is it necessary for us to eliminate the idea of race altogether? They exist don't they???

    Joshua, how we use the word "race" reflects many social norms, which often hide systemic/institutionalized racism without our noticing. For example seeing an individual who is 1/4th African American as obviously phenotypically Black, isn't just about word use the way seeing a recliner as a chair is.

    It's more helpful, more constructive, to discuss racism than race. It's not wrong to study and be fascinated by human evolution, by our diversity. We just need cultivate sensitivity to the social/cultural background of our discussion. Language is one of the pillars of oppression (not just race based), along with coercive law, and oppression-based expectations. Religious codification can be all three.

    Now the big issue is, how to we get the races, which exist, to get along.

    The first step, as I see it, is consciousness raising. We start by. delving into our own personal unaware participation in racism. It took me many years to discover the extent of my own racism and sexism. If we avoid such critical introspection, we come across as a naive liberal, as an oppressor in denial, when we try to discuss issues with those who differ from us.

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner