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The primary goal of the Diversity Community should be to insure a healthy, nurturing, cultural environment uniting together as one voice with a real genuine concern and care for its community.

A better and more positive change needs to be undertaken and developed in the way the our diversity Community looks at the different social backgrounds. From within our cultural we must bring about a more consistent attitude of encouragement and acceptance of these differences through positive actions. Community must united as a group without bias and prejudice.

The Jamestown Community has a multifaceted and great historical culture. It is our desire that these facets come together:

  • Latin America:
    • Puerto Rico
    • Dominica Republic
    • Mexico
    • Columbia
  • Africa American
  • Asia:
    • Palestinian
    • Israel
    • Iran
    • China
  • Europe:
    • Italy
    • Sweden
    • Greece
    • Germany
    • United Kingdom
    • Spain


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An ethnic group or ethnicity is a population of human beings whose members identify with each other, on the basis of a real or a presumed common genealogy or ancestry.

The term race refers to the concept of dividing people into populations or groups on the basis of various sets of physical characteristics which result from genetic ancestry.


Ethnicity connotes shared cultural traits and a shared group history. Some ethnic groups also share linguistic or religious traits, while others share a common group history but not a common language or religion.

Race presumes shared biological or genetic traits, whether actual or asserted. Racial genetic differences were previously assumed to have significance in the area of intelligence, but currently there is no evidence of that.


Ethnicity is defined in terms of shared genealogy, whether actual or presumed. Typically, if people believe they descend from a particular group, and they want to be associated with that group, then they are in fact members of that group.

Racial categories result from a shared genealogy due to geographical isolation. In the modern world this isolation has been broken down and racial groups have mixed.

Distinguishing Factors:

Ethnic groups distinguish themselves differently from one time period to another. They typically seek to define themselves but also are defined by the stereotypes of dominant groups.

Races are assumed to be distinguished by skin color, facial type, etc. However, the scientific basis of racial distinctions is very weak. Scientific studies show that racial genetic differences are weak except in skin color.


In 19th century, there was development of the political ideology of ethnic nationalism -- creating nations based on a presumed shared ethnic origins (e.g. Germany, Italy, Sweden...)

In 19th century, the concept of nationalism was often used to justify the domination of one race over another within a specific nation.

Legal System:

In the last decades of the 20th century, in the U.S. and in most nations, the legal system as well as the official ideology prohibited ethnic-based discrimination.

In the last decades of the 20th century, the legal system as well as the official ideology emphasized racial equality.


Often brutal conflicts between ethnic groups have existed throughout history and across the world. But most ethnic groups in fact get along peacefully within one another in most nations most of the time.

Racial prejudice remains a continuing problem throughout the world. However, there are fewer race-based conflicts in the 21st century than in the past.





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