CheckPoint Defining Race and Ethnicity

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CheckPoint: Defining Race and Ethnicity The terms race and ethnicity can have different meanings to different people. To me, race is based on physical characteristics that separate a subordinate group from a dominant group. Examples of these characteristics include skin color and hair line. On the other hand, ethnicity is cultural traits that separates a subordinate group from a dominant group. These traits are not physical. They include heritage, such as Irish-American, and the cultural practices that go along with one's heritage. An example of this would be the Chinese New Year celebrations that are seen each year in Chinatowns across the country. These celebrations are part of the Chinese culture and separate that subordinate group from the dominant group. Race and ethnicity are important concepts in the United States' society. The U.S. is a very diverse country and was formed by many different subordinate groups seeking freedom from religious persecution. The United States continues to be a mixing pot as many individuals migrate from their home
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Unformatted text preview: country to the United States. When many individuals or groups migrate to the U.S., they go from being part of the dominant group to being part of a subordinate group. They are able to maintain their identity with their race and culture through different groups and publications that appeal to their cultural groups. Conflict occurs between the dominant group and the subordinate group when the dominant group begins to oppress the subordinate group. Another reason that these two concepts are important is because the U.S. has a history of racial intolerance. It is important for this country and the individuals who live here to learn to be tolerable of different subordinate groups. Individuals also need to learn to accept different cultural practices so that there is less racism. Increasing racial and cultural tolerance could decrease a lot of tension felt between the dominant group and many subordinate groups that live within the United States....
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