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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  • Daniel W (Sentient Biped)

    Eddie, you are right, the test is pricy. I did it out of curiosity. I cant say I learned a lot about my ethnicity. Or maybe I did. I will check the link you provided. It sounds interesting.
  • Daniel W (Sentient Biped)

    Eddie, I did watch the documentary. Thanks for the link - I enjoyed watching it. Somehow, people identify as one thing, then discover it's not nearly that clear, and then further back, everyone is connected. And, by DNA, we are 99.9% the same. So... why are people so convinced people are so different from each other?

    Natalie, that's really cool to learn that! There was a thought in my mind that my mix would be widespread, which I thought would be interesting. But it is what it is. I wonder, what traits I have that are Neanderthal? Maybe the eye color - hazel?
  • Natalie A Sera

    Actually, SB, the things that they have publicly identified as being Neanderthal have to do with the immune system, not any visible characteristics. And for me, because I already know I'm Ashkenazi Jewish, it's interesting to find out that in addition to Northern European, which I expected, there was no Eastern European (which people expect Jews to be), and there was Mediterranean and West Asian, which could include places as far-flung as North Africa, Israel (expected) and Iran, Afghanistan or Pakistan. So I'm a Heinz 57, in a way, but in a different way from what people usually expect. So what do I put down as my "race" or ethnic group in the next census? :-)