Week 1 Checkpoint - Ethnicity helps describe where you are...

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Week 1 Checkpoint Defining Race and Ethnicity What do the terms race and ethnicity mean to you? Race, to me, means the way you are classified based on how you appear physically only. It could be the way your hair is or the color of your skin. It is like if you look a certain way, then you cannot do certain things or you should not be able to do certain things. It is also saying if you are a certain race you are classified in a stereotypical way because this is how society sees you. Ethnicity, to me, is your cultural background which goes all the way back to before you were born. This could be your religious beliefs, the foods you eat or the type of clothes you wear.
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Unformatted text preview: Ethnicity helps describe where you are from and how your ancestors did things in the days before now. Why are these concepts important to United States society? The United States sees race and ethnicity important for different reasons. It is used to show how much diversity is in our country. It is also used when the census is done to show the total population and just how many people from different ethnicity groups makes up the country. These terms help make improvements to our society as a whole. I think without these terms we really would not be where we are today because different ethnic groups bring different things to the table....
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