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 Joan Denoo on September 17, 2014 at 10:51pm

Carl, a 1941 licence plate in Illinois with those very nicely dressed young men rocks my memory ... actually, the car style does. I was five years old, living in Las Vegas on Dec 7, 1941. I remember that day well. 

I wonder what did become of those boys? What was their life like? Did they have opportunity for good educations, living-wage jobs? Good housing? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 17, 2014 at 5:24pm

Beautiful photographs.  Here's an iconic picture taken in Chicago.  I could stare at this for hours wondering about the lives of these boys.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 17, 2014 at 3:49pm

Daniel, you find the most interesting pieces and photos! I love this set. Reposting on Twitter and Facebook with attribution to you. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 17, 2014 at 3:35pm

I am often moved when looking into the eyes of people from the past, via their images.  Much of what we see of black and other people of color from the 19th and 20th century shows inhumane degradation of human beings.  These links show something else - beauty and dignity.

Images of Black Victorians

 

Black Chronicles II

The First Black People Photographed in Britain.

 

Peter Jackson, 1889, London

 

 

Peter Jackson, 2 December 1889. Born in 1860 in St Croix, then the Danish West Indies, Jackson was a boxing champion who spent long periods of time touring Europe....

Comment by Donald R Barbera on May 8, 2014 at 8:25pm

I had the pleasure to meet at least three of them while I was at Xerox. A couple were customers. Another was a friend's husband. A Barry Rand now is the CEO of AARP. I worked for Barry at Xerox. There are others. Former NBA player, Dave Bing runs a steel company. There several in the music industry. The CEO at Xerox is a black woman. Those are just a few, but they're out there, just not in the number you might expect.

Comment by Daniel W on May 8, 2014 at 5:06pm

t's not a large number, far smaller than one would expect from a random cross section of demographics, but there are CEOs who are not white men.   I know of some but diversity inc has a better list.

diversityinc.com

Based on personal experience with a diverse succession of CEOs, I don't think ethnicity or gender make for a company that is more compassionate, less aggressive, or less obnoxious.  What we aim for in diversity at the top, is for anyone to be the most Machiavellian, greedy, ruthless ass, regardless of race or gender.  Until we achieve that, the world will not be a fair place

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 8, 2014 at 3:06pm

Comment by Daniel W on February 2, 2014 at 4:10pm

Those lawsuits are needed.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on February 2, 2014 at 2:20pm
Although there were no strategies in place called "Stop and Frisk," when I was a teenager, being stopped,questioned,frisked or even arrested were nothing new. Sadly, the practice of stopping blacks and Latinos is hardly new, it just has a formal name now. There saws a cartoon in old Playboy Magazine that note of what happened to blacks. The captions under the three pictures read, "One Negro=baseball player." "Two Negroes=Sammy Davis Jr." "Three Negroes=Riot!" Not much has changed since then except that most Americans find it unacceptable, but profiling by ethnicities and race is also nothing new, except that Middle-Easterners have been added to the mix. Sadly, with the election of President Obama and indifference of the Republican Party, racism seems to have a stamp if approval. I know that not all Republicans aren't racists, not even most, but the Party seems to attract them. My friends and I have been stopped, questioned, searched and a few beaten and jailed. Only a public outcry against such police behavior will stop it. I even thought about legislation that reinforce the portion of our law preventing illegal search and seizure be aggressivly enforced will make a difference . That and a few $350 million lawsuits would put an end to it.
Comment by Daniel W on February 2, 2014 at 11:17am

Over and over and over and over again. Pathetic. I hope the new mayor provides a new type of leadership.

That racism continues to raise it's stupid head in the 21st century, shows we must always be vigilant, never assume "that's in the past", always promote 1st hand diverse interactions so people don't get into "they" are different from "us" modes.

 

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