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Race vs Ethnic Group -- what's the difference?Explain the difference between race and...

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akatude | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM via web

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Race vs Ethnic Group -- what's the difference?

Explain the difference between race and ethnic group.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 25, 2012 at 2:17 PM (Answer #2)

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Race is based on what you look like, ethnicity is based on what your culture is.  That's why you can have Hispanics as an ethnic group that has members of many different races.  You can have black Hispanics from places like the Dominican Republic and you can have white Hispanics from anywhere.  They're Hispanic by culture and whatever race they are by the way they look.

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cfett | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 2, 2012 at 12:29 AM (Answer #3)

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Pohnpei397 has answered this question pretty well.  Race strictly has to do with skin color, while ethnicity has to do with culture -- and country of origin.  For example, in a group that includes a white South African, a black Frenchman, and a mixed Latina, the adjectives describe the race (skin color), and the nouns pertain to the country and/or area of origin. 

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