Race And Ethnicity Essay

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Race and Ethnicity Shari L Kraus ETH/125 March 13, 2012 Vanessa Lee Introduction I have always considered race and ethnicity to be interchangeable, but they are not. Race has more to do with physical and biological characteristics while ethnicity has to do with a person’s origins and values. The subject of race and ethnicity is interesting to me because I do date outside of my race and I have been made extremely aware of some very unkind attitudes. Besides explaining the difference between race and ethnicity, this paper will also show a little bit of why the concepts of race and ethnicity are so important to United States society. Race is defined as a class of people based on physical or biological characteristics, such as skin color, facial features, bone structure, or hair and eye color. Ethnicity is defined as a class of people who share a national origin and culture. Ethnic groups share the same heritage, values, and traditions (blurtit.com). I don’t understand why people feel the need to identify other people by the color of their skin or where they come from. All my life I have heard what I consider to be racial slurs. I am sure that some people do not mean what they say to sound racist, but it comes out sounding that way all the same. Some of the one I have heard are, “With a nose that big he must be Polish,” or “It is a known fact that black men have very large feet.” The one I hate the most is “I can tolerate minorities as long as they know their place.” I find it very hard to be around people who think like that. The concepts of race and ethnicity seem to be important to United States society because the U.S. is so racially and ethnically diverse. The U.S. has always had an open door policy concerning people who want to live here. I think it is a good policy to have, but with all the different ethnic groups in one country there are

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