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Race Ethnicity and Culture[FINAL]

Race Ethnicity and Culture[FINAL] - ethnicity or custom...

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Tatsumi Otto Tatsumi Professor Linda M Bland-Stewart SPHR 72 October 27th 2007 Race Ethnicity Culture Nationality and Color A specific culture can define an individual completely. One can predict how he or she is going to react by knowing their culture. Culture is often used to describe the values of an individual as well: how he or she values education, personal hygiene, appearance, life expectations and aspirations are all predetermined by culture. The terms Race and Ethnicity over lap one another in characteristics. A certain race simply describes a group of people from the same biological species. People of same physical appearance are people of the same race. Ethnicity is a broader term that includes race. The term ethnicity describes language, culture, custom, and heritage of an individual as well as their race. The two terms are often confused and misused in place of another. Nationality is even more broad. The term is used to describe citizens of a certain country. Citizens do not have to share a universal language, culture, race,
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Unformatted text preview: ethnicity, or custom: they are simply bound together by boarders. The 2000 Census does not make clear distinctions between race, nationality, and culture. Since information on the census is collected from multiple backgrounds, they are worded simply and are designed to avoid confusion. Simple color descriptions are used in place of race and nationality. 1 Tatsumi Being white classifies an individual to be of European decent. Being black classifies an individual to be of African American decent. The simplified terms create stereotype rather than diversity. Being white or black does not describe a person: It labels them into certain stereotypes. Rather than using simple terms, the country as a whole must educate themselves into using proper definitions and words to avoid generalization and stereotypes. Works Cited 2 Tatsumi Bland-Stewart, Linda M. "Definitions." The George Washington University, District of Columbia. Oct. 2007. 3...
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  • Fall '08
  • Bland-Stewart
  • Washington, D.C., White American, Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, Otto Tatsumi Professor Linda M

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