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Distinguishing Between Race and Ethnicity Race and ethnicity are two words that have very different meanings yet are often confused Race is a group of people who share a similar trait This trait cannot be changed because it is a biological characteristic which one inherits This could be skin color facial features or any other physical trait These groups of people are generally classified by other people Racial classification is divided into three partsCaucasian Negroid and Mongoloid It is said that our human ancestors are responsible for much of our racial diversity for example people with darker skin originated from hotter climates the dark skin was the bodys form of natural protection from the sun When it comes down to it though such differences are just skin deep because every human being the world over is a member of a single biological speciesMacionis Gerber p346Ethnicity is by definition a shared cultural heritage this means that a group of people that share a religion or language confer a distinctive social identity p347 Ethnicity has two types of criteria involved objective which is traits like religion language cultural practices and ancestry Subjective involves people who see themselves or are seen by others as belonging to a different group p347 One of the most interesting facts about ethnicity is that it unlike race can be changed if one chooses to Most people who are non-white are considered minorities despite their income and I believe that this is sadly true Just because a visible minority makes an above average income doesnt mean that they will be treated by other people as being different Minorities are a category of people distinguished by physical or cultural traits that is socially disadvantaged p347 The sad truth is they would still be socially disadvantaged even if they made a high income Until society learns to accept all beings for whom they are this will be part of our reality
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