Unformatted text preview: As I grew up, I learned those views were not correct. I have met people of different colors who could be trusted and were equal to, or superior to, myself and others in many ways. Why are these concepts important to United States society? Race and ethnicity have been important concepts in United States society because they make labeling different people easier. A person can be labeled as black or white, Jewish or Hispanic. These labels make it easier for people to be lumped into groups where they can either be subordinate or dominant in society. Traditionally, dominant groups in the United States have been white skinned and descended from white ancestors. Subordinate groups have been dark skinned and descended from dark skinned ancestors. These concepts are still being used today, but now more people in the United States are starting to consider that everyone, no matter their race or ethnicity, should have the guarantee of equality....
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- Summer '09
- White American, United States society