Week 1 CheckPoint 1

Week 1 CheckPoint 1 - As I grew up, I learned those views...

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CheckPoint: Defining Race and Ethnicity What do the terms race and ethnicity mean to you? I always thought the term “race” meant the differences in skin color people can have, such as black or white. I thought the term “ethnicity” meant the different nationalities people could come from, such as English, German, Irish, African, Asian, etc. The textbook defines race as obvious physical differences between people, not just skin color. It also defines ethnicity as a person’s national origin or distinctive cultural patterns. I have often confused the differences between the two terms. For instance, when I was a child, I thought all Africans were dark skinned. I have since learned there are light skinned Africans. I have also learned there are aboriginal peoples in many different places that most people would think of as “black”. I grew up around people who were very racist. They thought anyone with dark skin was not to be trusted and were inferior to whites.
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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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This note was uploaded on 08/08/2011 for the course ETH 125 taught by Professor Jameshenderson during the Summer '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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