defining race and ethnicity

defining race and ethnicity - American’s eyes and beliefs...

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We are all familiar with the terms race and ethnicity. They are a part of our everyday life and life on this planet. In fact, some of us are more familiar than most. The term race is somewhat of a concept constructed by society for those socially set apart because of obvious physical differences. These minorities and corresponding majorities are labeled by difference in physical characteristics as well as geographic origin. On the other hand, ethnicity is a term used to describe people of national origin or distinctive cultural patterns. The difference ethnicity has from race is ethnicity is not based on physical distinctiveness, but instead cultural difference and race is generally judged for acceptance by the host society. These concepts are important to United States society because they are unnecessarily viewed through
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Unformatted text preview: American’s eyes and beliefs as physical and cultural differences, igniting issues of stereotyping, bias, and acceptance (or lack thereof). For so long people have made these differences in characteristics, whether physical, geographic, or cultural, matter and the truth is they should not. Racial and ethnic groups have always been separated, in many cases, into segregated societies. Some groups live within their own societies and/or neighborhoods. This is most likely because of levels of comfort, safety, acceptance, and relation. As the United States and its citizens struggle everyday for peace and equality, racism and segregation still remains an issue....
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