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.
Readings - list started 9/20/14. By no means organized or comprehensive, in random order, and expected to morph and grow in breadth and depth. Some with links.
The Legacy of the Orangeburg Massacre. Frank Beacham.
American Nightmare. The History of Jim Crow. Jerrold M. Packard.
The Promised Land. Nicholas Lemann.
Guns, Germs, and Steel. Jared Diamond.
American Uprising. The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt. Daniel Rasmussen.
Up From Slavery. An Autobiography. Booker T. Washington.
Out of America. Keith Richburg.
Afro-Vegan Cookbook. Bryant Terry.
The Half Has Never Been Told. Slavery and the making of American Capitalism. Edward. Baptist.
1493. Charles Mann.
1491. Charles Mann.
Into Africa. The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingston. Martin Dugard.
Slavery by Another Name. The Reenslavement of Black Americans from Civil War to WW II . Dennis Boutsikaris.
American to the Backbone. Christopher Webber.
12 Years a Slave. Solomon Northrup.
The Beautiful Struggle. Ta-Nehisi Coates.
King Leopold's Ghost. Adam Hochschild.
The Slave Ship. Marcus Rediker.
Inhuman Bondage. The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World. David Davis.
Indian Givers. How Native Americans Transformed the World. Jack Weatherford.
1421. The Year China Discovered America. Gavin Menzies.
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. Jack Weatherford.
The History of White People. Nell Painter.
(This list reflects the moderator's readings. It's certainly not comprehensive and is weighted especially toward black/white history, which I recognize is limited and a false dichotomy. There is a world of readings that can enlighten regarding race and ethnicity in all directions. I hope to broaden the material as life goes on).