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CheckPoint Defining Race and Ethnicity What do the terms race and ethnicity mean to you? Why are these concepts important to United States society? Race, to me, means the kind of parents you have. Your race can be a combination of different races, but it depends on what your parents are. Ethnicity means what you represent. For example, my mother is Swedish and Irish. My father is Hispanic and Mexican. I have never met my father or his family. I have been raised in a family of Germans and Italians. So, to me, my race is Mexican and Swedish, but my ethnicity is German and Italian. This may not be factual, but it is how I see the two words. To me, race is not important, ethnicity is. These concepts are
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Unformatted text preview: important to United States’ societies for our own personal benefit. I do not believe that either of these terms should even be used when describing a person. Yet, when you fill out your child’s school registration paperwork, they want to know what race your child is. Societies merely want to compete. We want to know if the Mexicans are smarter than the white kids, if the Asians are really as smart as we think they are and so on. There is no valid reason for wanting to know someone’s racial or ethnic status other than to compare it to other races and ethnicities. However, I can see why many people feel comfortable knowing the statistics of their own race or ethnicity....
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This note was uploaded on 06/30/2010 for the course AXIA HCA-210 taught by Professor Caseylynch during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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