Race, Ethnicity, & Culture

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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. 

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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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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

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 18, 2013 at 4:37pm

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 6, 2013 at 9:06pm

Don, thank you for commenting.  Perspective, and context, are critical for getting a grip on tribalism racism ethnocentrism....  etc.  I agree with you that 'color blind' is dishonest.  At least for our generation.  I don't know about young people who grow up in a more mixed world.  That doesn't mean enmity, or that we deny each other's humanity, or that anyone, anywhere, deserves less than human treatment.  It does mean that people see in each other that we are not clones.

Natalie, the more I think about it, the more I think "tribalism" is accurate, too.  I have some discomfort with things German, even though ethnically I am German - I saw in my upbringing too many traits of self-assured "we are right, they are less than us".  Arrogance, hubris, superiority, dogmatism.  What led me to forgive it was largely that I discovered those traits in man y if not most other ethnic groups.

It's such an important topic.  Also so interesting as to tribalism may be such a part of being human, it could be one of our defining characteristics.  If so - is our salvation to counteract it?  Or learn to harness tribalism in some what towards good for all?  And how could that be done?

Comment by Natalie A Sera on June 6, 2013 at 8:26pm

Sentient, I think "tribalism" is a VERY accurate word, not only for the situation in Israel, but also the rest of the Arab world, much of Africa and South Asia. Even in my own case, being Jewish, I was raised to be very much aware that I was not a member of the dominant tribe of this country. You probably couldn't tell by looking at me, but I know that a lot of my morals and ideals were, indeed, shaped by my tribe. Fortunately, I come from a very liberal sect, and we were taught from a young age that discrimination was wrong, and that people are people, and not to harm them unless they are trying to harm ME, and then the best way is still to get out of harm's way and report to the authorities (but I have to say that the bells of Nazi Germany still reverberate in the heart of most Jews, so they do have strong feelings about self-defense). However, I was even taught to forgive Germany, because the Germans of my age or a little older were too young or as-yet-unborn when that happened, so have no blame for it. Personal responsibility.

I don't know what I could do to change our society, which I see as having improved in some ways and deteriorated in others, except in my own actions, to stand as a role model. We all need to teach others about living together as a species of different breeds on the same planet.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on June 6, 2013 at 5:12pm
Unfortunately, race is a reality. It depends upon one's perspective. Even those who perceive race as no issue find themselves standing viewing things from different demographics and despite good intentions can never truly understand racism, classcism, tribalism or ethnicism.
Whether or not we can become an ideal society is an entirely different idea or matter. The politics of division are heavy in the United States and I have seen no signs of it changinging. Colorblind? No. Just dishonest.
Comment by A Former Member on June 5, 2013 at 10:23pm
Comment by Sentient Biped on May 16, 2013 at 11:28pm

Commentary on the racism of Upper Nazareth's mayor Shimon Gafsou.   In addition to thinking about the issues presented (The mayor wanting to maintain the "Jewish character" of his community), there is the label "racism".  Here we have someone who, to the rest of the world, is the same race as the people he wants to exclude.  And it's "racism".  Sort of like Hutu cs. Tutsi.  I'm not saying that in a lame attempt at humor - it's an analogy.  

I wonder if a better, more accurate word is possible.  I've thought "tribalism" might be the word.  the baggage of the term is different.  Not sure if more or less accurate, and more or less stigmatizing.

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 7, 2013 at 9:49pm

The Good Racist People - By Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Coates always makes me think.

 

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