ETHNICITY & RACE GROUP
This section is about people’s roots. The traditions in which they were raised.
This ethnicity & race section is about belonging to a social group that has a common national, biological or cultural tradition. It is a fluid concept that can be broadly or narrowly defined. For example, one can be born a German, raised by Korean parents living in Zimbabwe as a naturalized citizen. Or one could be an African-American born in Cuba living in Iowa. Sometimes there are smaller groups within larger ones, such as a Cherokee Native American whose heritage is significantly different from other North American tribes.
There is often a great deal of family pressure to preserve traditions. Occasionally there is an expectation to display loyalty or allegiance when faced with other cultural options. “Don’t betray your roots. Remember where you came from.”
In the past, we grew up in neighborhoods, towns or even countries with a single dominant culture. Outsiders were easily identifiable. But today, these communities can be smaller, clustered into neighborhoods or regions. People of different cultures are more likely to live in our midst, particularly in urban environments.
And, of course, movies, television and media bring exotic cultures into our homes. We get to know and see the universal attributes of humanity – that people are people – every day. It’s exciting and alluring, particularly to younger generations and traditionalists get concerned. They can worry that the way of life that is so important to their identity is fading away.