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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Review of Carl Hart's book "High Price"

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Buried alive - Kalief Browder

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Why the right hates government

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On "Race Denial". Are Races Real? Not Real?

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In the US it's not called terrorism if a white guy does it

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Comment by A Former Member on August 15, 2009 at 7:50pm
@Daniel: I have not been to that museum in Dallas. Perhaps I should go soon. I looked through some of those images. Some really awful stuff. I did not read that report, but I am familiar with that issue. I did write a letter to my Senator in support of that act.
Comment by Sentient Biped on August 13, 2009 at 11:36am
Dallas,
There are many African American museums around the US, where these and more uplifting images can be found. In fact - you probably already know about the museum in Dallas. Doing a google image search on the topic of slavery brings forth 8,800,000 matches. Important lessons, to be sure. There is also modern slavery - according to this US government report in 2002, at least 700,000 and possibly up to 4 million human beings were bought and sold in the previous year. I don't have more recent statistics. Sometimes I think that the world would be better off without homo sapiens.
Comment by A Former Member on August 9, 2009 at 11:07pm

A white woman and her slave. I've never seen a photo like this before.
Comment by A Former Member on August 6, 2009 at 5:51pm
Daniel, I just had the chance to watch the video on albinos in Africa below. That is just horrible. Just horrible! Will humanity ever move beyond this?
Comment by Ralph Dumain on August 6, 2009 at 5:46pm
The video is good as far as it goes. It is addressed to the young and stupid, not my generation. I'm more used to the old and stupid, and I don't care much for the hiphop generation. In any case,, it's important to examine this contemporary culture of cynicism, vacuous playing with cultural codes, and irony devoid of substance. Crossover racial identification might have had its merits in the past, but it's become a parody of a parody, like everything else in American culture. If one wants to engage identity and friendship now, a much more critical approach is needed.
Comment by A Former Member on August 6, 2009 at 5:28pm
Some of you may be interested in this movie review I posted on Atheist Cinema: Pinky (1949)
Comment by Sentient Biped on July 25, 2009 at 8:24pm
Responding to Dallas' posting of a photo below, showing an albino Black man (I realize the contradiction in terms, but identity and melanin don't match here), here is a video regarding ambinism in S. Africa. (Sorry, embedding was turned off for this video).

1 in 4,000 people in subSarahan Africa is Albino. In addition to the medical consequences (skin cancers), superstition leads to murders of albinos.

Comment by Jo Jerome on July 24, 2009 at 12:03am
"Mad black woman" as in angry, stir-crazy, or devilishly clever?
;-)
Comment by Sentient Biped on July 22, 2009 at 11:05pm
Welcome and please jump right into the discussions!
Comment by animus on July 22, 2009 at 5:45pm
Can a mad black woman join this group? LOL just dogging around!!!
 

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