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CheckPoint- week 1 - place far too much importance on race...

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CheckPoint: Defining Race and Ethnicity • Write a 200- to 300-word summary answering the following questions: o What do the terms race and ethnicity mean to you? o Why are these concepts important to United States society? Post your summary to the Assignments section of the course site. There is no such thing as race, expect the human race. The way that most people think of race is a man- made way of separating and dividing people, and justifying their racist feelings, when in reality there is not that much difference between races besides the level of melanin in the skin. Race is unimportant to me. I don't have pride in a biological circumstance that I have no control over. Race is manmade and we
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Unformatted text preview: place far too much importance on race in our world. Ethnicity however is important, to a certain extent. Ethnic groups are created through common traits such as religion, geographical location, behavior, and linguistics. Ethnicity is an important means through which people can identify themselves. It's a way in which we identify and relate with each other. They are important in the United States because unfortunately we have a history of racial inequality. Even within races, there has been unequal treatment. So some people keep track to address the inequality and some use the concepts to compartmentalize people. Most don't really care other than as an interesting trivia....
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