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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Comment by Glenn Sogge on February 8, 2010 at 3:16pm
Or maybe it was 'cuz he was the token white guy ...
Comment by A Former Member on February 8, 2010 at 3:08pm
...like the time someone laid on hands to heal his back. Unsurprisingly, it didn't work. :)

Well, clearly he just didn't have enough faith, cuz it would have worked otherwise.
Comment by Jo Jerome on February 8, 2010 at 2:31pm
Gotta say, for what we generally think of as the population makeup of small town America, I love the town I live in.

Woman here at the deli counter and I are talking and she refers to one of her coworkers as "The White dude."

Because 'round here, White is perhaps 10-20% of the population. So instead of the 'token' Black or Hispanic employee, we get the token White employee.

She and I both had a good laugh over the irony of that!
Comment by A Former Member on February 6, 2010 at 7:30pm

Comment by Jo Jerome on January 23, 2010 at 6:50pm
DG, that is just so wrong on so many levels!
Comment by A Former Member on January 23, 2010 at 6:47pm
Maybe six months ago I posted some images of an albino kid who was a model. Check this woman out. She's just beautiful.

Comment by A Former Member on January 23, 2010 at 6:39pm

Comment by Jo Jerome on January 2, 2010 at 4:01pm
You too Daniel!
Comment by Daniel W on December 31, 2009 at 9:13pm
Happy New Year to the interesting, thoughtful, free-thinking members of "Conversations on Race". Be happy, be healthy, be prosperous. I hope that your 2010 is your best year yet!
Comment by A Former Member on December 26, 2009 at 8:33pm
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