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

    I just heard a snippet of an NPR report on this today, but apparently there's some controversy (go figure) over the fact that a Texas textbook has substituted the term "worker" for "slave." Oh by the way, the same textbook includes Moses among the founding fathers. I suppose he parted the Mississippi so the workers could tote that barge and lift that bale.

  • The Flying Atheist

    Bertold, yes, I read about that also.  Here's a "Business Insider" article with a video of the mother whose son brought to her attention the issue of slavery in the textbook. 

    Texas mom accuses textbook company of erasing history with one word

    Slaves are mentioned in a notation, a mere side note, in the "Immigrant" chapter of the textbook.  

    This revisionist history battle has been going on for years.  Here's an article from the San Antonio Current which details more of the controversial teachings.

    Anti-Confederacy Movement Rekindles Texas Textbook Controversy

    During the Revolutionary War, wasn't it Moses who crossed the Delaware by parting the water?

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

    Disgusting Milton Friedman quote, Bertold.

    Texas Textbooks <groan><faceplam>.

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