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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. 


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. Daniel W.


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Comment by Daniel W on November 23, 2011 at 9:18pm

German:African-American "Brown Babies" story - thousands of babies born to German mothers and African American fathers, after WWII, pawns of politics and racism.  Still trying to learn their histories and connect to families.

Comment by Daniel W on November 23, 2011 at 8:22pm

Dallas, thanks for the videos.  I would like to think that I would pull out my cell phone and call 911 in any of those situations.  Having been attacked on a couple of occasions by psychotic men,  I don't know that I would step in with a group of thugs with baseball bats, but 911 is easy to do.  shame on those who didn't.  Not sure what to say about the "experimenters" - I would feel manipulated.

Comment by Raina R. on November 15, 2011 at 7:03pm
Comment by Richard Goscicki on October 16, 2011 at 5:13pm

Thanks, Biped.  I've been an atheist writer many years.  I once in my life argued religion with Rudy Guiliani outside religion class in Brooklyn.  My main thesis now that I'm retired is religion has caused damage to humanity most people don't even think of. 

Take a look inside the box.  I'd be glad to discuss the precepts with you and anyone else in the group.  Just hit Part I below.   



Comment by Daniel W on October 16, 2011 at 11:54am
Richard, interesting list.
Comment by Richard Goscicki on October 15, 2011 at 10:17pm

Biped, A/N probably has discussed each of the evils on my list individually, but never taken together.

Here’s my list of items in Pandora’s Box: 

The Bible and Koran encourage and condone the worst aspects of human behavior: war, slavery, necrophilia, cruelty to animals, anthropocentrism, suicide, starvation, racism, xenophobia, blind faith, sexism, homophobia, nepotism, denial of reality, self flagellation, dichotomous thinking, torture, human sacrifice, symbolic cannibalism, and other insults to reason. The result has been to distort and pervert the worldview of all who cherish these religious beliefs and have faith in the dictates and promises of professional clerics.


Part I deals with the earlier items.  Racism is just one of the consequences.  Dichotomous thinking is the next topic.



Comment by Daniel W on October 12, 2011 at 11:29pm
slavery foot print site is up now.  I have 20 slaves.  Sad, I don't even know their names.
Comment by Steph S. on October 4, 2011 at 12:02am
Dallas that is such a terrible story of sanctioned racism. It's hard to believe that happened.
Comment by Daniel W on October 3, 2011 at 8:35pm


That was basically a legalized lynching - a slightly sanitized version of what happened to Emmett Till - also 14 but his execution was nonjudicial and he was mutilated.  It's all disgusting.  Whether S. Carolina or Mississippi are more civilized, or have had some civilization forced on them, is a question up for debate.

Comment by Daniel W on October 1, 2011 at 9:58am

Ethnic Cleansing of Alabama schools?

Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration.



The law does not require proof of citizenship to enroll, and it does not apply to any students who were enrolled before Sept. 1. While most students are not affected, school systems are supposed to begin checking the status of first-time enrollees now.





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