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Unformatted text preview: Defining Race and Ethnicity Iran Williams Chapter 1 Racial and Ethnic Groups 5/10/11 What do the terms race and ethnicity mean to you? The question can be a very complex question if it is not thought out properly. One needs to know the difference, even when one is not very apparent. Race is defined as an interbreeding, usually geographically, isolated population of organisms differing from other populations of the same species in the frequency of hereditary traits (thefreedictionary.com). Ethnicity is defined as the ethnic character, background, or affiliation (thefreedictionary.com). Even with the terms defined, the actual meaning can still be a very confusing one. When one thinks of the word race, one would typically think of the skin color. The race is what makes the person different. The physical aspects are the attributes that one would view to determine the race of a person. Upon researching the meaning of race, the book stated that it was reserved for minorities. At first, one wanted to dispute the statement, but reading further, it was reserved for minorities....
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