Race defines groups,people,organizations, communities. Ethnicity defines broadly what your heritage can be and gives you somewhat of a past outside of your basic life history.

Race defines groups,people,organizations, communities. Ethnicity defines
broadly what your heritage can be and gives you somewhat of a past outside
of your basic life history. In essence race and ethnicity could be “boxes to
put people in so that control can be exercised over said people.” John Floyd
a close friend.
These concepts are important to the United States ideally to help us see
differences and diversity. Realistically and all to often these words / ideas
are developed ideologies to justify privileges given
to some and opportunities denied to others. Further it is important to
remember these two terms are merely labels.
These terms can lead to stereotyping of races or ethnic
backgrounds. In speaking to the people around me as I read thru
the chapter and asking them what these terms meant. My 18 year
old nephew described the two words and immediately fell into a
stereotype. I asked him if he realized he was stereotyping and what
it meant which he did. These terms and concepts almost immediately
lead into a Pandora’s box that once it has been opened is the
equivalent to the old statement “Open mouth and insert foot.”
As with Pandora’s box once it is opened it leads to utter destruction.
These terms and labels hopefully at some point in history will become
obsolete otherwise we are doomed to repeat history over and over in
a never ending loop.

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