What’s the difference between ethnic and race?

10 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    Ethnicity is your cultural background, while race is basically what color you are. Like a person’s race can be white while their ethnicity is German. 

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Ťhėrė is no difference both are nothing but

    Social Construct used as a way to divid & cnqur

    the Human Species which is truly sad ťô mė !!


  • D1218
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    Ethnic is a group and race is what you basically mostly are. Ethnic is culture how you can live. Race on the other hand what you are but don't show what race you really are.

  • 8 months ago

    freedom; you can be free of ethnic influence, but you can never be free of race.

    race hatred is one most contentious issues in america. 

    "Black folks can't change because white folks won't change." by maya angelou.

    that might be OK if if the white people were the only ones to be bigoted, and if black people are not. there is a lot of hate directed at all white people, by the black people, because of a few bigots. that is similar to saying "all black people are thieves"? while surely some people are thieves, not all people are thieves. nor, are black people unprejudiced.

    so this is not a true statement, but rather an opinion like opra whitney's, "i wish all white people would die".

    when i see politicians say, we need black reparations, as a money payment for slavery, doesn't that make more then one-thought come to mind?

    for instance, while the black people were freed from slavery over 150-years ago, the black people have been free and citizens of america ever since. that means they were free to have their own life and to make their own living.

    there was a huge civil war in the USA, where one brother killed the other brother to free the black people from slavery. then, the brother who was winner of that "freedom" struggle, gave the black man the place of his brother whom he had killed.

    do you think the black man can be that "brother"?

    Attachment image
  • What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
  • 8 months ago

    Race would be black, white, etc. Ethnic is more specific, like slavic, etc. You can have multiple ethnic groups that are white and multiple ethnic groups that are black. 

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Ethnicity is the summation of your culture group.

    Race is your cultures definition of origin ... and for most of history that came from religion -- It's why people still often say Anglicans, Roman Latins, Jews and Muslims are races.

  • 8 months ago

    Race is a socially constructed idea that tries to put people into little genetic boxes. But it isnt as clear as that. Very few people at this point in history can trace their family back tp a gene pool od one genetic box of skin color.

    Culture is something you choose or were raised in. It has common characteristic like a sense of humor, a tradition of dress, a religious doctrine, a sexual orientation appreciation, language choices. I am culturally White, American, a progressive activist, a disabled person, and more.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    "ethnic" is an adjective while "race" is a noun.

    Your ethnicity is the language and culture you were raised in (you can have more than one)

    Your race is about the genetics you have because your ancestors were purposebred to have them. After WW2, we found ways of comparing people's DNA's and found that all humans are essentially the same race, sharing at least 99.4 % of their DNA with any other human.

  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    -Race is physical. Now that we understand DNA and genetics, biologists consider it an obsolete term. Race is sometimes thought of as only a few races, and sometimes up to 50. It is a way to group people of similar physical appearance.

    -Ethnicity is cultural. It is an association of people who identify with a common culture. Culture is arts, food, holidays and celebrations, traditions, clothing, sometimes ethical values, possibly language.

    -Nationality is geographic. It refers to a country.

    -Religion is a common set of beliefs and could have scriptures and people like pastors and preachers and ministers.

    - Heritage is family history.

    - Genetics is DNA structure.

    There can be overlap or the same term used in different categories. Many people get confused, but without a common way to distinguish, it is harder to understand. There has to be enough in common to have an ethnicity.

    There can be many followup questions.

  • 8 months ago

    Ethnicity is a synonym of culture. It has nothing to do with your skin color or facial traits. You could be a black person of Norwegian, Scottish or Han Chinese ethnicity if you speak their language and have been raised by them.

Still have questions? Get answers by asking now.