Thinking Sociology

When was the last time you were asked about your race? What was your reply?  I am sure that many of us, including myself, have come across this question a number of times. Some may have a clear-cut answer, while others are left confused with what to choose as their race. We are usually asked about our race when filling out questions for a job application, a survey, or the census. Sometimes the given choices for race are not enough to fit your exact race. You are left to either select something close enough, or just “other”.

Race is generally how people group themselves based on physical appearance, ethnic background, and which part of the world they stem from. It is apparent that people have different perceptions of themselves and others around them. It would be quite difficult to list all of the different racial categories because there are just…

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