The Difference Between Race And Racism

1037 Words Nov 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Understanding the difference between race and racism is a very controversial topic. Even I am trying to understand the difference between the two words. When individuals think about race the first word that comes to mind is racism, I would think its the same, but it’s not. When exploring the web to differentiate the meaning of these two words, one-word that keeps popping up is “racism”. The words are so similar which makes this topic difficult to write about, but as my English teacher Coarlee Bain says, “The best way out is not the easy route, but it is the difficult route because you broaden your horizon and learn new things every step of the way.” Individuals are classified based on race and ethnicity and this creates a system that results in inequality amongst others. Race can be defined as a group of individuals that are classified together in the form of sharing a common history, nationality, or geographic distribution. Ethnicity can be defined as the fact of belonging to a social group of individuals that has the same national or cultural tradition. Ethnicity can overlap with race. Different forms of race groups include White, Asian, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Pacific Islanders. Another form of race is Multiracial. Multiracial can be defined as person who represents various races. An example of a person who is multiracial is mulatto; a mulatto is a person who is mixed with black and white ancestry. With that being…
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