Race and Ethnicity are often confused in our modern world

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Race and Ethnicity are often confused in our modern world

Ethnicity pertains to one's Cultural heritage.

Ethnicity is a term used to refer to a distinct group of people with unifying cultural characteristics. Often these groups are overly generalized with subgroups that have loose ties to one another. For example American Indians consist of hundreds of very different tribes.

Ethnicity moves away from the biological features and is more about the learned traditions of an individual.

Ethnicity is usually categorized as belonging to a group that has the same religion, faith, nationality, shared language, tribal affiliation, or cultural/ traditional origins and backgrounds.

Ethnicity is something you acquire through upbringing and experience.

Ethnicity describes a person's customs, beliefs, and traditions. It allows people to adapt other customs and as a result, many ethnicities no longer have distinct looks and characteristics

Ethnicities correlate to people’s social norms and actions

Religion is a strong ethnic group, along with nationality.

An example of the difference is ethnicities such as German, Swedish, and Irish can all be Caucasian.

In terms of ethnicity, this is described as the influences the surrounding culture has on an individual. Culture includes religion or belief system, ways to greet people, eating habits, rituals, and work habits

A person’s race may be defined as Caucasian while their ethnicity may be Irish, English, or Russian.

For example, most people in China’s Xinjiang province believed in Muslim. Although they shared the similar race with the people in other part of China, they have different ethnicity.

Its the traditions you learn as you are a kid, its the holidays you celebrate, and the customs you are used to.

Race is a description of biological descent

Race refers to the biological differences one person has to another including facial shape, skin tone and color, eye and hair color, , eye shape and bone structure as well as the various ways that certain races react to different diseases.

Ethnicity is associated more with the geographical aspect of life and traditions, while race can be associated with DNA

Race is used to describe a biologically different group of a given species. For many species of animals this method of grouping is easy to use as genetic differences are present. However in humans this is irrelevant because all humans are 99.9% similar to one another.  Scientifically there is no basis for race in humans.

Race is usually considered to be a biological or genetic difference within our species, which gives us our differences in appearance. However, studies show that there is very little genetic difference within our species and that we are very much closely related. The idea of race in the West began during slavery and we are still unable as a nation to see past the color of someone’s skin. Most of the time we assume that a person of a certain skin color automatically assumes the common traits and characteristics of a certain ethnic group,

Race cannot be rejected

Each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics

Race use to be defined by biological similarity; however, humans genetics has shown humans are less than .1% different. Race refers more to common heredity.

Separating people into 'races' has merely been a way for society to group people together using stereotypes. At it's core, race is typically determined through skin color, which then gives rise to further categorization.

Realistically, race does not exist.

Ethnicity is a comparative concept. Ethnic group is usually related to dominant group. Sometimes, they define with each other by value of dominant group.

My neighbors, Maggie and Kylie, were both adopted from China when they were about 2. Their race is Chinese. However, they are being raised in the United States so their ethnicity is not Chinese, it that of an American.

Ethnicity is more organic. It refers to one's cultural history and is generally created by members of the group it describes. This differs from race, which have often been created by governments to classify people who may have no true relation to each other.


Simply put, ethnicity can be changed, race cannot. One’s ethnicity is based on what cultural practices one chooses to partake in. A person can easily be born and raised as one ethnicity and later in life decide to change and be a part of another ethnic group.  Race on the other hand, is not so easily discarded. Race is what a person is born being, such as Caucasian, Black, Asian, or Native American, to name a few. Unless a person goes through several intensely painful surgeries, the race that one is born with is the race that person will die with as well.

An example is that millions of people around the world are of the Black race. However, there are ethnic groups from North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Horn of Africa, South Africa, and North and South America, just to name some.

   After some quick research, it seems that the difference between race and ethnicity is explained by the idea of nature versus nurture. Race is inherited; people cannot simply decide one day that they would like to be white when they were born with dark skin. The differences in biological features link people to different races. Examples include skin color, eye color, and hair color. Another link is the tendency towards developing certain diseases, which may account for why scientists sometimes sort their test subjects by race. On the other hand, ethnicity is learned; it usually does not depend on the color of one’s skin or eyes. For instance, it is perfectly possible for a Caucasian individual to be considered African, just as a black person may be European. Ethnicity depends more on cultural characteristics and customs, such as food preparation, clothing, and dialects. In fact, the biggest give-away for ethnicity is usually the language people speak and the different accents that go with them. Therefore, while you cannot change your race, you may certainly adopt a different ethnicity with cultural immersion.

When addressing the issue of why the United States Census made it possible to choose both a race and an ethnicity, one hypothesis can be drawn from the differences stated above. In the past, interracial ties were not common, so it was politically correct to link race and ethnicity together. However, globalization has provided people with the choice to identify with different cultures than are usually associated with their skin color, and this is something that the Census Bureau has recently decided to recognize.

Race is a physical classification that governments often impose on people. This physical appearance may or may not closely link the group together genetically. Genetic ties are a twisted path to trace, and so, heredity may be beyond the eye of the beholder in reality. Race is never chosen, it is simply part of you.

Ethnicity, on the other hand, can be thought of as cultural ties that can be taken on by choice or raising. One in an ethnic group is likely to identify him/herself as part of that group or at least with beliefs or ways of the group. It is usually the case that ethnic groups are related genetically, however. Ethnicity can be changed by adopting new customs, beliefs, or ways.

Conflicts happen over both race and ethnicity or a combination of the two.

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