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Week 7 Lecture  Sociology 1 Session 7: Social Institutions I  Sociology 1 Session 7: Social Institutions I (You are now in the second half of the course!)   Hi and welcome to session 7! Your assigned readings for this session are: Text Chapter 11 Race and Ethnicity Rader Chapter 25 "Black Wealth / White Wealth." Part I: RACE AND ETHNICITY Race and ethnicity are important characteristics upon which we distinguish one another. Race has to do with biological and physical characteristics of persons like their ancestors, skin coor,  body shape and size, and features like shape of the eye opening. Ethnicity has more to do with shared ways of life like family rituals, foods, and a sense of shared  peoplehood. Interestingly, increasing evidence is being presented that indicates that we all came from the same  place or tribe. This flies in the face of many people's beliefs that we are all essentially different (often  there is an implicit assumption not only of difference, but of the superiority based on racial and ethnic  characteristics). And race is a social category, like gender and age, that we have absolutely no control over. That is, we  did not have a choice as to what color we are, what ancestors we have, what sex we are and how old  we are. Race and ethnicity have great social meaning. We know this because people are treated differently  because of their race. There are many issues around race and ethnicity. The article in your reader  entitled "The Other Americans," for example, sheds light on how difficult it has been for government to 
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collect accurate statistics on race and ethnicity. In fact, sometimes people are targeted for violence and  even killed because of their race or ethnicity.
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