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Re: Racism and Economics

Posted by Miranda Stramel on September 25, 2001 at 16:06:48:

In Reply to: Racism and Economics posted by Jessica Abad on September 20, 2001 at 15:34:46:

How would you be able to at the same time acknowledge that there is no such thing as race and at the same time denote that you have pride in your own cultural background?

Re: Because culture has nothing to do with "race". Culture is more of a way of life, made up of things like a shared language, religion, value system, or even taste in music. People are usually grouped into "races" by physical characteristics or geography. Though things like geography sometimes seem to define a certain group of people, that grouping does not make them of one culture.

Would it be permissible to say that you are proud to be Hispanic (for example) while at the same time acknowledging that there is no such thing as race, that all that you are simply doing is referring to your cultural background not your supposed "ethnic" or "racial" background?

Re: Yes it would be permissible, Hispanics are grouped together by their common language, not by any one "race". But you cannot even necessarily define Hispanics with a common culture because that would not show the vast differences between people who, say, live in Spain and then Mexicans of Mayan ancestry.




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