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 Jo Jerome on December 19, 2009 at 3:44pm
Sad, but not surprising.
Comment by A Former Member on December 18, 2009 at 4:08pm
Fact Sheet: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

There is a robust body of research showing that racial and ethnic minorities have difficulties accessing certain kinds of health care, experience a lower quality of care, and exhibit worse health outcomes. Click here for a factsheet detailing the gap that racial and ethnic minorities face in health care access, quality, and coverage, and how health reform can help.
Comment by David Miller on December 5, 2009 at 3:25pm
Nerd,
That is an interesting read but don't you think it's a little bit racist and sexist? I mean I see that the women who wrote it is coming from a pretty nasty background of interactions with whites and males, but I fail to see what good it does to make such broad scathing generalizations. No matter how true they are to her, they are not universal truths by any means.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on November 24, 2009 at 8:49pm
Too bad FDR didn't mean it. But Eleanor was on the case.
Comment by Daniel W on November 24, 2009 at 7:36pm
The moment a mere numerical superiority by either states or voters in this country proceeds to ignore the needs and desires of the minority, and for their own selfish purpose or advancement, hamper or oppress that minority, or debar them in any way from equal privileges and equal rights—that moment will mark the failure of our constitutional system. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

(stolen from Dallas's comments)
Comment by A Former Member on November 21, 2009 at 4:49pm
Thanks Glenn. I bookmarked the site.
Comment by Glenn Sogge on November 21, 2009 at 4:40pm
A friend of mine is one of the founders of OneHistory.org--a resource for those interested in the true cultural history and diversity of our nation.

Of particular interest to us here on A|N is the text of a speech by a Native American.

Red Jacket (c. 1750-1830) was a Seneca leader and spokesman for the Six Nations. He gave this speech in 1805 in response to appeals by missionaries that his people convert to Christianity.

Text of speech here.
Comment by A Former Member on November 11, 2009 at 4:46pm
Ran across this poem on a book on language discussing polysemy, and I thought it was funny. Author unknown. - DG

Dear White Fella
When I am born I'm black
When I grow up I'm black
When I am sick I'm black
When I go out ina sun I'm black
When I git cold I'm black
When I git scared I'm black
And when I die I'm still black.

But you white fella
When you're born you're pink
When you grow up you're white
When you git sick you're green
When you go out ina sun you go red
When git cold you go blue
When you git scared you're yellow
And when you die you're grey
And you got the cheek to call me coloured?
Comment by A Former Member on November 5, 2009 at 1:42pm
I can never get these NPR stories to embed on A|N: Tribes Renew Efforts to Win Federal Recognition.
Comment by Daniel W on September 23, 2009 at 10:34am
To "Conversations" members -
Looking at the most recent discussions, I see that more and more members are posting discussions. It's great to see that people are so engaged and interested. Thanks!
 

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