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White? Black? A Murky Distinction Grows Still Murkier

White? Black? A Murky Distinction Grows Still Murkier | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it

"In the United States, there is a long tradition of trying to draw sharp lines between ethnic groups, but our ancestry is a fluid and complex matter. In recent years geneticists have been uncovering new evidence about our shared heritage, and last week a team of scientists published the biggest genetic profile of the United States to date, based on a study of 160,000 people."


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Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, January 27, 4:58 PM

I would think it would be hard to actually be one race.  With all the cross marriages that occurred through the generations, it would be very rare.  I agree with this article that it is a very murky distinction.  Yet we see many still try to stay within their cultural race with the biggest percentage in their blood line.  To defect is seen as going against "your people."  This is interesting that this still goes on today.  

Edgar Manasseh Jr.'s curator insight, January 28, 11:58 PM

Some people like to distant themselves form a certain ethnic background, when we are all one. Europeans came from one area same with latinos, blacks and natives we all are similar. Africans have a major influence to  who Europeans are and also who most of the americans did descend from so theres a possible connection somewhere.

Rachel Phillips's curator insight, January 29, 12:50 PM

This article was very intriguing, especially because there have been so many migrations and movements of people in the U.S.  When you think about it, people were already here, and then Europeans came, and then they brought over Africans.  But, since then, people from all over the world have continuously moved here and spread throughout the country. In this map, you can see each region, and it's almost just how you would imagine it to be.  The south has more people who think that have some amount of African ancestry, and with the amount of slavery that had occurred, that makes sense.  However, the line between the percentage of African decent you have that makes you to be considered white, and then one percent more and you are African-American, is a bit bizarre to me.  In reality, in today's society, we are just as focussed on who is what race as they were a hundred years ago, whereas it actually should not matter anymore.  But, we don't live in a perfect world, and people need to be willing to work to get to that point.

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Black Moms Tell White Moms About the Race Talk, Parents Talk Back

Black Moms Tell White Moms About the Race Talk, Parents Talk Back | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
Ten black mothers sat on the stage in an auditorium and looked into a diverse crowd of women in the audience. They were about to share something personal and hurtful with this room full of mostly s...
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The 5 U.S. Counties Where Racial Diversity Is Highest—and Lowest

The 5 U.S. Counties Where Racial Diversity Is Highest—and Lowest | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
Why are Alaska's Aleutian Islands so ethnically mixed? And other questions from a new map of U.S. populations.

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, April 30, 2014 2:01 PM

The article in itself is interesting, bu the links to five different maps of diversity could be the start of some fascinating classroom discussions.  

Heather Ramsey's curator insight, June 3, 2014 1:09 PM

For students:

 

What factors do you think should be considered when interpreting the map of racial diversity above? What conclusion can you draw when you compare the map above to this map of population density in the U.S. (linked below)?

 

http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/maps/pdfs/thematic/us_popdensity_2010map.pdf

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Judge under fire for rape sentence, implying victim was promiscuous

Judge under fire for rape sentence, implying victim was promiscuous | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
She could have sentenced him to 20 years in prison for rape. Instead, the judge gave him 45 days.
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[Breaking] Facebook Adds Custom Gender Options For Non-Binary Users

[Breaking] Facebook Adds Custom Gender Options For Non-Binary Users | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
The Facebook Diversity has a big announcement today for folks who identify off the gender binary, introducing a new option for neutral gender selections un
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This is a little old, I'm just now catching up lol.

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N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He’s Gay - NYTimes.com

N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He’s Gay - NYTimes.com | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
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Texas Public Charter Schools Are Teaching Creationism

Texas Public Charter Schools Are Teaching Creationism | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
When public-school students enrolled in Texas’ largest charter program open their biology workbooks, they will read that the fossil record is “sketchy.” That evolution is “dogma” and an “unproved theory” with no experimental basis.
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Ex-Vikings punter Chris Kluwe rips ‘coward’ Leslie Frazier, ‘bigot’ Mike Priefer | Audibles - SI.com

Ex-Vikings punter Chris Kluwe rips ‘coward’ Leslie Frazier, ‘bigot’ Mike Priefer | Audibles - SI.com | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
Chris Kluwe's days with the Minnesota Vikings ended, for all intents and purposes, when the franchise selected fellow punter Jeff Locke in Round 5 of the 2013 draft. Kluwe then …
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Senator Whitmer Shares Personal Story in Opposition to Latest Republican Attack on Women

On December 11, 2013, Senator Whitmer shared a deeply personal story as part of her testimony against legislation to force women in Michigan to pre-purchase ...
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Teen Dancer Taken From Legal Guardian Alleges Racial Profiling

Teen Dancer Taken From Legal Guardian Alleges Racial Profiling | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
Landry Thompson, 13, Was Taken From Her Dance Instructor and Placed in CPS
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Anti-Discrimination Group Challenges High School's Arab Mascot - AllGov

Anti-Discrimination Group Challenges High School's Arab Mascot - AllGov | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
ArabianBusiness.com Anti-Discrimination Group Challenges High School's Arab Mascot AllGov How do you get around accusations of racial stereotyping and discrimination when your high school's team name is the Arabs and your mascot looks like a...
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The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture

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Most of us are familiar with this picture. Captured in Times Square on V-J Day, 1945, it has become one of the most iconic photographs of American history, symbolizing the jubilation and exuberance...
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Have you ever really looked at this picture? 

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The most unequal place in America

The most unequal place in America | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
Dreams can fade quickly for many in Lake Providence, Louisiana, where the level of income inequality is greater than in any county or parish in the U.S.
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Another article about the income divide, this time focusing on a small town in Louisiana.

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The Most Common Job In Every State

The Most Common Job In Every State | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it

"The jobs picture has changed profoundly since the 1970s. This interactive map and accompanying charts show how those changes played out across the country."

 

Tags: economic, labor, USA, transportation, industry.


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Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, February 12, 2:31 PM

job in USA

Norka McAlister's curator insight, February 14, 7:48 PM

With the new millennium, jobs have been changed. Also, with new technology, which has led to an increased unemployment rate, different kind of jobs have shifted during the last past two decades. Driver trucks are one of the vast modes of transportation in the U.S. and between Mexico and Canada. It does not require too much to be a tractor-trailer truck operator. Usually, the drivers have a high school diploma and attend a professional truck-driving school. As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase, and more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving. Truck drivers provide an essential service to industrialized societies by transporting finished goods and raw materials over land, typically to and from manufacturing plants, retail, and distribution centers. As technology continues to advance, massive globalization seems to be a better option for the economy. Driver trucks present a good chance in the workforce. As a result, driver truck careers are projected to grow 11% between 2012 and 2022. Furthermore, truck driving is a part of American lifestyle, and one of the fastest growing of all occupations.

Michael Amberg's curator insight, May 26, 11:33 PM

This is an interesting way to look at each state and it makes sense given the economic opportunities in each state.

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Public university requires students to submit sexual history or face disciplinary action

Public university requires students to submit sexual history or face disciplinary action | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
"With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?
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Seriously?

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Investors prefer entrepreneurial ventures pitched by attractive men

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In other news, water is wet and the sky is blue. 

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Model: Why I came out as transgender

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Geena Rocero says the world needs to be open to a fluid conception of gender and more understanding for individuals.
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Stamping the sexism out of stock images

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Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has teamed up with Getty Images as part of her work with LeanIn.org to transform the library’s stock images and empower women and families. (Search stock images for business women & you get this.
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Kansas Seeks Child Support from Sperm Donor

Kansas Seeks Child Support from Sperm Donor | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
The state of Kansas is seeking child support from a man who says he signed away all parental rights when he donated sperm to a lesbian couple. The state's motion comes after the couple received received financial assistance for the baby.
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LGBTQ in the news

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A Pretty 1940 Map of American Diversity, Annotated by Langston Hughes

A Pretty 1940 Map of American Diversity, Annotated by Langston Hughes | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
This map, issued by the Council Against Intolerance in America in 1940, shows the ethnic groups living in the United States, offering a picture of their geographical locations, typical employment, and religious commitments.

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The Politics of Housework | Classic Feminist Writings

The Chicago Women's Liberation Union (CWLU) grew out of the women's movement, the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement and the other social movements of the time.
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Saw this referenced in an new article the other day.  This article is older than ME, and we are still talking about the same issues.  Huh. 

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Washington: A world apart

Washington: A world apart | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
A world apart: One-third of Zip codes in the D.C. area are considered ‘Super Zips’ for wealth and education
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Cuomo Orders Investigations Into Claims of Anti-Semitic Acts in a School District

Cuomo Orders Investigations Into Claims of Anti-Semitic Acts in a School District | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo asked the State Police and the Human Rights Division to investigate charges that Jewish children in a district serving parts of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties had been harassed.
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Transgender student in Florence prompts complaint

Transgender student in Florence prompts complaint | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
Three Colorado high school girls are alleging harassment because a transgender student is using the girl's bathroom.
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Pine Bush, N.Y., School District Faces Accusations of Anti-Semitism

Pine Bush, N.Y., School District Faces Accusations of Anti-Semitism | Diversity Studies | Scoop.it
In a school district 90 minutes north of New York City, Jewish families have filed a lawsuit seeking damages and policies to end what it calls pervasive anti-Semitism in the schools.
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