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 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

Incident

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

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.
 

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