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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  • Bertold Brautigan

    There's one thing I absolutely don't understand about racially based hatred. NOBODY has the slightest degree of say over who they are.

    Existential philosophy has a concept of "throwness," a very basic and easy to comprehend notion. It holds that all humans are "thrown" into their particular situation with no rhyme, reason, plan or cause-and-effect. I don't see how anyone could deny that this is true.

    To give one example, I never put in an order to be born dead in the middle of the 20th century, smack in the beefheart of the Midwestern USA, of an alcoholic "lapsing" [thank fsm] Catholic and a black sheep party girl off the farm.

    No one has chosen to be who they are, so to fault anyone for who they are based on nothing else has got to be the height of ignorance.

    Don't like the person you're looking at there? Well get over it. The fact that you're not that person is nothing more than happenstance.

    How can anyone not get this?

  • Daniel Wachenheim

    BB I agree with you.  To some extent, I think of racism as a subset of tribalism.  People define themselves and others to some extent based on what tribe they belong to.  Maybe it's their race, or their religion, or the town or setting - rural or urban, collar color, when they or their family arrived on these shores, or whatever granfaloon you want to choose.  In the case of race, the stakes are higher, and it's harder to cross lines.  But when you do, it can open a person to a lot more interesting life. 

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

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