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How would you define "Race" and "Ethnicity"?
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Posted 9/12/07
I would like to see what diff people from diff countries think about these two.What do you think constitutes a Race or Ethnicity? You could perhaps think that people living in the same area, for instance, or state nation, or even a particular group of people with similar beliefs and culture?

What are your definitions "Race" and "Ethnicity"? How many races do you think there are in the world? Name some?
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My defintion of race would be distinction between people based on their appearances, like skin color or facial features.. (like black people, they have nice full lips.. or asians, with their eyes)

Ethinicity would be more about traditional habits and culture. Where people were from originally, (like most canadians and americans were from france and britain... ) whom they descended from... maybe even religion..

[Edit]: I didn't like my last line so i took it off. XD
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Race what heritage they have

ethnicity where you have come from
Posted 9/12/07

sypris wrote:

Race what heritage they have

ethnicity where you have come from


that said it all.
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I did a small paper a long time ago so here it goes. Not much but whatever.

Well I guess you could say just for the sake of argument that there is a "biological race"
That is a population that differs from others in the frequency of hereditary characteristics or traits. Please don't misunderstand my statement, it was just to sort define things and help my second statement about social race. I am aware that race has only meaning sociologically.
Saying race is a biological term is sort of false, I mean racial features are just the 'expression' of the currently dominant genes. ( Vaguely stated, I know ).

Then there is social race which is the real term; that is categories of people set apart from others because of socially defined physical characteristics ( hair texture, skin color, nose and lips, etc).

I find it very sad and unfortunate that once racial traits become significant symbols in a society, their biological functions 'lose meaning' or rather, become de-emphasized and small things such as skin color become indicators of moral, intellectual, psychological and emotional capabilities.

Now ethnicity is just a status based on cultural heritage and shared "feelings of 'people-hood'"
Ethnic groups then are only a category of people set apart from others because of distinctive customs and lifestyles.
Therefore individuals who share any of the following belong to an ethnic group.
-Nationality
-Language
-Religion
-Culture

*Apologies for editing so much. ><
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^ Yay. *thumbs up*
Nowadays the term 'race' has started defining cultural differences rather than the biological aspect.

In everyday conversation, I personally define 'race' as Black, White, Asian, etc.
'Ethnicity' is Korean, Chinese, German, African Americans, Polish, Puerto Rican, etc.
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Race is your main identity in an ethnicity for example Japanese(race) Asian(ethnicity), English(race) Caucasian(ethnicity) and so on...
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Posted 9/14/07
race eg white
ethnicity eg chinese
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Posted 9/19/07
look at your mom and dad then if you decide to make up some random bs so you can look good then you can say your grandmother or father was another nationality
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Posted 11/12/07
Race and Ethnicity are horrible things that where created for organization for
we are all imperfect humans
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Posted 11/12/07
uh.............i don know
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Posted 11/12/07

Sonicslam101 wrote:

uh.............i don know


I second that
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Posted 11/13/07
the differences......
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Posted 11/13/07

darakuman wrote:

Race and Ethnicity are horrible things that where created for organization for
we are all imperfect humans


wow gj reviving a dead thread...

race: your born heritage.
Ethnicity: where you are born

like a white guy born in africa. his race is white but he was born in africa so that makes him african.
Posted 11/13/07
skin color, cultural background, bloodline history. race and ethinicity are the same and those are what define them.
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