Ethnicity

Topics: United States, Race, English language Pages: 4 (1299 words) Published: March 15, 2014
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“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word” (Martin Luther King, Jr). When I was in Kindergarten, the room was constantly divided into groups. Guys with guys, and girls with girls. From a young age, People are taught to seclude themselves by using groups as the vehicle to drive them further apart. Through my life, I would soon come to realize that I would be put in multiple groups, for instance my race, African American. All throughout my k-12 years, I would constantly check off the box that identified myself as African American. Racial groups and sex groups are just few of the many groups that mankind has created to create a division amongst human beings. The use of groups may seem convenient, but when used too frequently they become less accurate. Using groups to define people is not accurate. Groups create invisible intangible bonds that work by tearing mankind apart into individual pieces which prevents mankind from becoming united as one.

As time passes by, racial groups are becoming harder to define, due to the mixing of races. In the essay “The Cult of Ethnicity” the tone is persuading and calm. He argues that, “ Ethnic and racial conflict- far more than ideological conflict- is the explosive problem of our time” (27). The world is very diverse. Inventions like the automobile and airplane give people the option to travel around the world. Transportation plays a big role in the mixture of both old and new races. According to Schlesinger, “ethnicity is breaking up nations” (27). All around the world, ethnicity and races are breaking up states. The United States of America seems to be the only country not falling apart due to the mixture of races . America has always been represented by a variety of races, some pure some...
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