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What Is Race?
By Carole Copeland Thomas
Here’s a simple definition of race.
Race represents each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics or a group of people sharing the same culture, history, or language, such as an ethnic group.
Historically we have looked at three races in mankind:
Caucasoid the White race
Negroid or the Black race and
Mongoloid or the Yellow/Asian race
Now I’m fully aware that the terminology is dated, and there may be other classifications used in our modern times. But typically, these are the three main groups referred to as racial groups. White, Black, and Asian.
Most important to remember is race is NOT biological.
It is a social construct.
The political and economic realities of race were largely generated through the explorations of Christopher Columbus, other European voyagers, and the ultimate colonization of the Americas. By the 1700s, when the African slave trade overshadowed indentured servitude, race clearly took on what is now known as a social construct.
To explore it further, Purdue University’s Carol Bainbridge describes it this way: A social construct is something that exists not in objective reality but as a result of human interaction. It exists because humans agree that it exists.
So the concept of race, with no biological baseline, has driven our thinking and our actions for centuries.
The question we face is how far in the future will we allow the whole concept of racial groups to direct our path of mutual interactive collaboration?
I’ll leave the question for you to wrestle with until our May 22nd US UK Summit on Race. We will talk about this extensively during our event that is free and open to the public worldwide.
Register and learn more below.
by Carole Copeland Thomas
I am so excited about what's in store for our upcoming May 22nd US UK Summit on Race. You will have a DIRECT opportunity to talk to global diversity, equity, and inclusion friends in the United States and The United Kingdom. We'll have subject matter experts drilling down into how Race has affected our communities and workplaces from a personal and professional perspective. You'll learn new cultural nuances while sharing your opinions on this critically important topic. And if you just want to sit back, listen, and learn, then go right ahead. This event is for you, too.
And this isn't a "one and done." The US UK Summit on Race is part of the ongoing Series of the Multicultural Symposium Series. This time we're advancing the conversation on RACE, with more events and activities planned beyond May 22nd launch date.
I am also excited because I am collaborating with three friends I have known for many years. Two are from the US. One is from the UK. All are subject matter experts with global backgrounds but local connections.
Denise Gray Felder, Greater New York.
President and CEO, Communication For Social Change Consortium
Garth Dallas, Liverpool, England, Attorney, Diversity Professional, and Anti-Racism expert on racial issues in the United Kingdom
William (Bill) Wells, Jr., Minneapolis, Minnesota, Past Chair, National Black MBA Association, Diversity Professional. Bill is actively involved with Minneapolis civic and business leaders responding to George Floyd's death.
The event is FREE and open to the general public worldwide. Share this with your friends and colleagues and join in the conversation.
Join us on Saturday, May 22nd, for a Summit guaranteed to expand your horizon on Race and its impact on the world.
You can read their complete biographies by clicking the link below.
Register For The Summit on the link below.
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