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ethnic identity influence race bias?

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how does ethnic identity have an influence on race bias?

Sep 26th, 2014

The significance of race as a term and concept has been debated. Race has been based on phenotypical differences in skin color, facial features, and hair and has been extended to include judgments on intelligence and other psychological characteristics. These physical differences, however, were determined to be inappropriate measures of separateness, so much so that the American Anthropological Association (1998) issued a statement suggesting that race no longer be used as a biological classification but instead be viewed as a product of sociopolitical issues and economics. Skin color, for example, is a historical adaptation to climate and environmental conditions rather than a representation of genetic differences. Contrary to people’s beliefs, purity of the races is a myth (American Anthropological Association, 1998). Race has sociopolitical connotations in the United States and has historically been a way to justify political oppression (McGoldrick & Giordano, 1996; Sue & Sue, 2003). Race was used for determining citizenship and land ownership and served as a justification for oppressive acts. Ethnicity is a broader concept in the field of multicultural theory that affords more depth of analysis than race. Focusing on ethnicity allows for inclusion of various groups categorized within racial groups, such as differences between Japanese and Chinese or Mexicans and Puerto Ricans. The emphasis on ethnicity also allows for the exploration of cultural norms for Whites.

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