Race and Ethnicity can often be confusing to those who don’t understand it. In the United States there are three prominent ethnic groups: Asian Americans, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans. These three groups display some of the same cultural traditions that originate at particular hearths, but the three are recognized in different ways.
- Asians are recognized as a distinct race by the U.S Bureau of the Census, so Asian as a race and Asian American as an ethnicity has basically the same group of people.
- African American and black are different groups although the census combines them. Majority of black Americans are from African decent and therefore also belong to African American ethnicity.
- Hispanic or Latino is not considered a race, so on the census form members of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity select any race they wish.
Biological classification by race s the basis for racism, which is the belief that a race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that he racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race