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Ethnicity

The Ambiguity of Being Latin@

Maru Gonzalez | Posted 05.19.2015 | Latino Voices
Maru Gonzalez

Attempts to construct a simplified, monolithic experience of Latinidad under a banner of pan-ethnicity have proven grossly inadequate, as markers used to homogenize Latin@s--such as language, culture, region and a common history of colonialism and U.S imperialism--are not universal to all Latin@ populations.

France's Approach to Fighting Racism: Pretty Words and Magical Thinking

Crystal Fleming | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Crystal Fleming

Too many French people seem to imagine that if they close their eyes to race, click their heels three times and repeat the words "Liberty", "Equality" and "Freedom", the boogeyman of racism will simply vanish and disappear. No systematic data or policies necessary. Only pretty, magical, colorblind words.

Decoding the New Face of America: An Interview With dlR USA CEO Carlos de León

Ernesto Sosa | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Ernesto Sosa

To help businesses understand and adapt to the new, emerging multicultural reality, Carlos de León, CEO of dlR USA, recently shared with me his insights on this interesting yet controversial topic.

Ballet Hispanico: Are You Down for a Discourse?

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 04.21.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Ballet Hispanico's troupe is diverse to reflect "who we are as hybrids in the world." Pieces like Mancillas' are about what it means to be mortal and flawed, not what it's like to come from a specific race or ethnicity. The world isn't cookie cutter, and neither is Vilaro's company.

Alvin Ailey at the Auditorium Theater - The Celebration Continues

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The 125 Anniversary celebration of Chicago's illustrious Auditorium Theater continued last month with a two-week residency of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And boy was I ready.

Screw You, I Am Asian 'American'

Mason Hsieh | Posted 04.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

While it may not have been Tammy's intent, posing this seemingly innocuous question is a poorly disguised microaggression that perpetuates the belief that Asian-Americans are cultural and racial outsider within the American context. T

The Ugly Truth About the '100 Years of Korean Beauty' Video

Eudie Pak | Posted 05.25.2015 | Women
Eudie Pak

Looking back, most of us were just too young to question whether going under the knife was ethically good or bad. You just got it done because your parents expected you to do it and then you didn't talk about it.

Norouz at the 'People's House' as Inspiration for Pluralism

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

This week, over 200 men and women representing a diversity of ethnicities, languages, professions and political views gathered to participate in what was perhaps the largest celebration of the ancient holiday of Norouz, the Persian New Year at the White House.

The Resilient and Heroic Women of South Sudan

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

When it comes to tackling sexual and gender based violence, as well as gender equality, it's time for leaders in South Sudan and the international community to follow the leadership displayed by Josephine and the inspiring women of South Sudan.

The Failure of Nationalist Politics in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 05.08.2015 | World
John Feffer

The European financial crisis certainly prepared the ground for the growth of nationalist parties throughout the continent. Cluj, a large city in the Transylvanian region of Romania that has an ethnic Romanian majority, is a good illustration of the limits of nationalist politics.

It's Time for a Dialogue on Ethnic and Religious Violence in America

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion
Rep. Mike Honda

We cannot allow the deaths of Yusor, Razan, and Deah, and others, to be in vain. I hope that these tragedies, even years down the road, will unite all Americans, and remind us to respect the value of all lives, regardless of appearance, orientation, or belief.

Ethnic Relations Are the 'Best They Ever Have Been', Which Is Why There Is So Much Acute Tension

Stephen Palacios | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Stephen Palacios

Despite the bleak portrait painted by the news these days of civil tension and racial clashes, we can actually take heart in the emerging signs of continuing progress heralded by this evidence of our culture's rising standards. Do we have ways to go? Sure. But, though it may not feel like it, the path to progress is indeed being traveled.

The Worst And Best Ways To Ask Someone About Their Race (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.15.2015 | Black Voices

Things can get tricky -- and sometimes offensive -- when asking someone: “What are you?” But producers over at Moral Courage TV, a YouTube cha...

Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The concept of meritocracy provides justification and cover to the nation in refusing to acknowledge and in denying the actual causes for the tremendous chasms in the wealth distribution and in educational achievement, and for the overall systemic inequities based on social identities.

Can Bosnia's Army Save the World?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace.

Being a White Latina: A Reflection on Racial And Ethnic Identities

Nicholle Lamartina Palacios | Posted 01.31.2015 | Latino Voices
Nicholle Lamartina Palacios

We live in a country where race is a dichotomy and people are literally separated into categories of black and white -- but human identities are not that simple. When speaking about my own racial identity, it is impossible not to also talk about my ethnic identity.

Game of (Nationalist) Cards in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
John Feffer

Despite the ongoing struggle for civil rights on the part of ethnic Hungarians and the continued playing of nationalist cards by extremists on both sides, Ungvari Zrinyi believes that the situation has improved overall.

Arab Americans: Confident and Concerned

James Zogby | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

Over the many years I have been involved working within the Arab American community, I have had to contend with a range of myths and misunderstandings about both the nature and composition of the community as well as their attitudes toward major issues of concern facing the United States.

"Did Somebody Say 'Mulatto'?" Speaking Critically on Mixed Heritage

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

As the number of people who identify as "mixed" increases, discussions around topics concerning people of mixed ancestry are also expanding and challenging our perceptions of race and racism. Critical mixed-race studies and films like Dear White People accomplish the goal of furthering dialogues around race that we can engage in with friends, family, and those in our communities.

Resolving Conflicts in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

An ethnic map of Romania explains a great deal about the relations between the majority and the minorities in Romania. Ethnic Hungarians have an absolute majority in two counties -- Harghita and Covasna -- in the very heart of the country.

My Mom's Sari(s): Worth More Than Its Weight in Gold

Rani Varghese | Posted 01.14.2015 | Style
Rani Varghese

My sister and I sit in my parent's bedroom as my mom looks through her sari(s), gently touching the fabric and examining the borders of each almost as if she is looking at a collection of dolls, elephants or other knickknacks that someone collects.

Whose Parish Is It Anyway? Churches Face Delicate Balance in Meeting Needs of Ethnic Ministries

David Briggs | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

A phenomenon of Mass mobs, where large groups of suburbanites worship in the city on a given Sunday, is shining new light for a day on urban parishes that are dwindling or, in some cases, have been closed.

Soy Latina, También

Bianca Betancourt | Posted 12.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Bianca Betancourt

"[They think] Sofia Vergara. They think Eva Mendes. They think JLo. They think, you know, all these girls that are very, very light, basically look white and have an accent. And a lot of times [others] and I get dismissed as Latina because we're not immediately identifiable."

Four Key Ingredients in the Recipe for Creativity

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.19.2014 | Science
Nigel Barber

Everyone has untapped potential in some creative field. Yet some individuals -- Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs -- have far more of it than others. Apart from genes, there are at least three key environmental factors that affect creative accomplishments.

The Economic Recovery in Black, White, and Brown

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

While some households and neighborhoods have recovered from the recession, most black and Latino households and neighborhoods are still waiting to recover.