Defining Race and Ethnicity

Defining Race and Ethnicity - language , a common culture...

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Defining Race and Ethnicity The terms race and ethnicity have very many definitions to many different people. To some race refers to classifications of humans into populations or groups based on various factors, such as their culture , language , social practice or heritable characteristics. To me the term race is summed up with not only your culture but also your skin tone. Some may say that this is narrow minded, but everyone is guilty in some way, shape, or form of associating people with the color of their skin rather you mean to or not. The term ethnicity is defined as a group of people whose members identify with each other, through a common heritage , consisting of a common
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Unformatted text preview: language , a common culture (often including a shared religion ) and a tradition of common ancestry . To me the term ethnicity simple means where do you come from or what is your blood line consist of. To simple state it, my race is white or Caucasian and my ethnicity is Italian with some French. As far as these concepts being important to society in the United States, I just think that people use race to identify nationalities and use ethnicity to find common ground or levels on which they can connect as a group. If anything I think that United States is a melting pot and by categorizing people by race or ethnicity just causes greater divide amongst the people....
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This note was uploaded on 06/15/2011 for the course MISC 101 taught by Professor All during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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