Introduction to Race, Ethnicity, and Discrimination

What you’ll learn to do: define and differentiate between race, ethnicity, majority/minority groups, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination

Protesters are holding signs that read "Demilitarize the police", "Black lives matter" and "Our generation, our choice". The photo is shown in sepia tones.

Figure 1. The Black Lives Matters movement started gaining attention in 2013 for its resistance and activism protesting police brutality and racial discrimination against Black people. (Photo courtesy of Johnny Silvercloud/Wikimedia Commons)

In this section, we will focus on understanding race and ethnicity and the distinctions between commonly confused words like prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination.

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