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. Sentient Biped.


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Review of Carl Hart's book "High Price"

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Buried alive - Kalief Browder

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Why the right hates government

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On "Race Denial". Are Races Real? Not Real?

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In the US it's not called terrorism if a white guy does it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jun 9, 2013. 9 Replies

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on October 31, 2013 at 10:46am

One does not have to look far to see the effects. Colonialism in Africa, Europe now suffers the same issues, of course to good old USA is the poster child for racism. It almost seems we invented it or at least that's a majority of African American and other ethnicities believe. I think Ted Cruz father saying publicly that he wanted to send President Obama back to Kenya says it all especially for a Cuban immigrant. No one, including blacks, remembers the Orangeburg Massacre. There untold stories that sit unknown to the general American public that are history for minority communities. Even though most white American aren't, per se, racist, white privilege is a subtle form that no one except other ethnic groups are aware of and there is little reason they would be aware when for them they just go on living and never have to think about the unearned privileges that come from being white. It is not their fault, but it exist. When whites speak of pulling themselves up by their bootstraps many in the black community just wish they had bootstraps. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 31, 2013 at 8:30am
Natalie, I think we have to understand racism in all of its forms, if we want to understand the human condition and promote humanism everywhere. The actions in the US, prejudice and discrimination, have been vile, but examples exist everywhere. I think they always have.

Im really disappointed the there wasnt soul searching about "the blonde angel" reporting. Why did her being blonde make her an angel? Why wasnt the discovery, she was roma, and given up by her family because they were so poor, and taken in by a poor family to raise her with love, as big of a story?
Comment by Natalie A Sera on October 30, 2013 at 11:12pm

Interestingly, I heard the tail-end snippet on a NPR show about the Roma, and the myths about child abduction are the same as the myths about Jewish child abduction. And most people don't know that many (I don't know the actual number, but it was not insignificant) Roma and Sinti people were rounded up and murdered during the Holocaust as well. Racism is not confined to the US, nor to the US-approved minorities (black, Native American, Hispanic and Asian).

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 30, 2013 at 10:55pm

"Maria, the blonde angel", raised by dark-skinned Roma - modern racism in Europe


Widely reported in the press as an abduction, and the girl could not have been Roma,it turns out she was Roma- shown by DNA tests - and her mother stated she gave Maria up in an informal adoption because she was too poor to raise the child herself.


The European popular press has been chastised


The press kept calling her the "blonde angel".  So if she was dark, or had dark hair, "angelic" would not have been used?




Comment by A Former Member on July 16, 2013 at 3:07pm

SB, undoubtedly, this boy would have noticed soon enough:

Of course, we certainly saw in the video what the producers wanted us to see. What of the children who were edited out? How did they respond? If this had been done in Mississippi or Alabama, surely the responses would have been different.

Still, I trust the sincerity of the bewilderment on the faces of those kids. They just didn't notice it. 

Comment by A Former Member on July 16, 2013 at 3:03pm


Once riding in old Baltimore,
Heart-filled, head-filled with glee,
I saw a Baltimorean
Keep looking straight at me.

Now I was eight and very small,
And he was no whit bigger,
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue, and called me, 'Nigger.'

I saw the whole of Baltimore
From May until December;
Of all the things that happened there
That's all that I remember.

Countee Cullen
Comment by Eddie E. Hicks Sr. on July 16, 2013 at 2:14pm

I just hope they do not change. No one is born a racist. It's a learned behavior from other racist. I was about 8 years old when I was first exposed to racism. At a small beach resort in Lower Township, New Jersey called Diamond Beach, a shop refused to sell my mother sodas on a hot Summer day because "we do not serve colored". In New Jersey of all places. That's when I got my first lesson about racism. I'm 58 now and will never forget it.

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 16, 2013 at 12:59pm

Glad some kids seem to be raised right.   There is a lot of movement in the right direction.

I wonder how many kids are so embracing of differences.  If these kids were specially selected or came from a particularly easy going area.

Comment by Eddie E. Hicks Sr. on July 16, 2013 at 9:28am

I wish all of the people who wrote those hateful racist comments in regards to that commercial could be forced to watch this.

Comment by A Former Member on July 16, 2013 at 7:07am


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