Ethnicity

Ethnic Imposters
Ethnicity

Ethnic Imposters

How often do we see it? People claim an ethnic heritage they don’t really have. Remember Rachel Dolezal? There was a scandal a few years ago because she identified as black and even served as president of the NAACP in Spokane without having the right DNA for the job. Some people might think it’s an…

Ethnicity, Nationality, Race, Identity, Culture & Heritage
Culture | Ethnicity

Ethnicity, Nationality, Race, Identity, Culture & Heritage

I like this article as one of the clearest introductions to a complex subject I know. Ethnicity, Nationality, Race, Identity, Culture & Heritage (E.N.R.I.C.H.) by Christian E., at Daily Jaunter, March 26, 2012. Here’s a taste: Heritage can overlap on the ethnicity and nationality a bit at times, but it generally refers to the ancestors of a person, and what…

Identity Thieves
Ethnicity

Identity Thieves

I ‘m not sure why the particular theme of invented identity plays out so often in the world around me. Maybe it’s that I’ve overly sensitive to it. Or maybe it’s that I’m out of touch with America. This is not the thing where Americans confuse identity and ancestry— they’re German (or whatever) because they…

Ethnicity

Melungeons

The Melungeons are a tri-racial group, descended from Europeans, Africans and Indians. Although the term Melungeon refers to a specific group, it has become a generic label for many similar groups: the Carmel Indians of southern Ohio, the Brown People of Kentucky, the Guineas of West Virginia, the We-Sorts of Maryland, the Nanticoke-Moors of Delaware,…

Calculating Ethnicity
Ethnicity

Calculating Ethnicity

Most Americans I know divide their ethnic origins into fractions. Someone might say, for example, that they are 1/2 English, 1/4 Scottish, and 1/4 German. The Europeans I’ve talked to think this is a very odd idea, because the person is simply American. I’m always intrigued by these ethnic percentages. Americans are so mixed that…

Ethnicity | Indians

New Indians

There’s this thing going on. Whites turning into Indians, at least in part. Lots of hand wringing from purists, but it’s not actually clear how this will turn out. “Ethnicity is a tricky thing because it is commonly understood as something fixed and essential rather than what it more likely is: an unarticulated negotiation between…