Race is person’s physical qualities that make them fit into distinct groups. People who share similar physical attributes, such as, skin color, hair texture, eyes shape, and facial features, are grouped together in race categories. Many believe that Race is biologically determined, meaning that if you look significantly different from another, you are somehow biologically different. This is not true. Science proves, a difference in appearance does not make anyone significantly genetically different from anyone else. Race is a social construct that was and is used to justify prejudice and racism. Racism and Prejudice is why the the quote “We all bleed red”, by James M. Robinson became popular, when discriminated against races began to fight for their equality. My Natural Is Sexy, is a non-discriminatory brand that wants to help those understand that, race is not an explanation for ones identity or importance in society. Most importantly we want to prove that your race does NOT equal your worth.

Ethnicity is based on cultural characteristics that define a person as being a member of a specific group of people. (Language, accent, religion, style of dress, hairstyles, social customs, traditions, food and dietary preference or restrictions). You may have a German ethnicity because your great grandmother or grandfather came from Germany, you speak the language, and you follow German cultural traditions. Ethnicity can become confusing due to several subcategories and cross-cultural influences. Three examples of ethnicity are:

  • Jewish- Judaism religion, speak languages such as Hebrew and Yiddish
  • Arabs- Mostly Muslim, populate countries such as Algeria, Iraq, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia
  • Irish- Catholic religion, traditions like St. Patrick’s Day and Celtic Music

Ethnically you can be Latino because you speak Spanish. Nevertheless not all Latinos are Hispanic just because they speak Spanish. Hence it is important to pay attention to the cultural construct behind ones identification ethnically. Many use Ethnicity and Race interchangeably, but race is a persons physical appearance, whereas ethnicity is defined by a person’s culture, and can but doesn’t have to include race.

Culture is something we are taught by other human beings. It is the characteristics and knowledge of a group of people, that encompasses language, religion, food, social habits, music, and art.

  • Western Culture, has come to be defined by the culture of European countries, including those that have been influenced by European immigration, such as the US. Western Culture has been influenced by the, Classical Period of the Greco-Roman era, Christianity, Latin, Celtic, Germanic, and Hellenic ethnic and linguistic groups. It is the most influential culture today.
  • Eastern Culture- Generally refers to the societal norms of those in Far East Asia. When you think of Eastern Culture, you think of rice. Eastern Culture was influenced by religion during early development, which is why there is hardly any distinction between secular society and religious philosophy.
  • Latin Culture, is usually defined as those parts of the Central America, South America, and Mexico where Portuguese and Spanish language dominate. While Portugal and Spain are in Europe, they are key influences of what is known as Latin Culture. This being true denotes to people using language derived from Latin, also known as Romance languages.
  • Middle Eastern Culture, is one of the most diverse cultures due to their being so many countries within the Middle East. The Arabic language is the most common identifier of Middle Eastern Culture, but dialect can make it hard to communicate. The Middle East is the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
  • African Culture, is divided into two cultural groups: North African and Sub-Saharan Africa. This is due to North Africa having strong ties to the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa having historical, physical, and social characteristics that are very different from North Africa. The harsh environment has been a huge factor in the development of Sub-Saharan African culture. Nevertheless, science has concluded that Africa is essential to all cultures due to evidence of human life originating from Africa.