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Understanding cultures of race

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One of the most divisive of cultural identities is that of race. Perhaps it is because it is one of the most visible attributes of our bodies race can quickly conjure feelings toward another person before getting to understand them as a unique personality.

It is clear there are differences in races. Through advances in science it is now possible to identify race based on genetic markers such as blood groups. There are also physical differences that are highly visible such as skin color or eye shape. But these differences are in the physical nature of a person and do not uniformly assign them to believing or behaving in a particular way.

Still these visible differences result in some common experiences shaping their culture which, unfortunately, tend to be bad perceptions more often than positive realities.

Although the genetic differences between races is minimal, just one letter out of the 3.1 billion letters in the genetic code, people within races have shared similar experiences -- helping each race to develop cultures.

Predominant subcultures:

  • Asian.
  • South Asian.
  • African.
  • Blended Ethnicity.
  • Native American.
  • Polynesian.
  • Eskimo.
  • African-American
  • African-Caribbean

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