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What does ethnic mean?
Asked in Biology, Sociology, Ethnicity
Can you change your ethnic origin?
Asked in Urban Slang
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Ethnic groups that study the religion Christianity?
What does ethnic tensions mean?
Ethnic tensions refers to conflicts of interest among various ethnic groups within a society. Thus as example, if a large city has a police force that is dominated by a specific ethnic group, this can create tensions between the police force and poor minority groups in their relationships with each other. The dominate ethnic group will in some cases try to take advantage of the fact that they have police powers over a smaller ethnic group with problems such as poverty. Tensions between the "haves & have nots" become "ethnic tensions".
What is the difference between a minority and ethnic group?
minorities refer to any ethic group in a country or area that is not the largest ethnic group. For instance, in the United States Caucasians (whites) are the majority ethnic group; while Blacks, Asians, Native Americans and so on are minorities, or minority ethnic groups. However a minority is not limited to being an ethnic group, for example left handed people are a minority in the world. However, usually when minorities are referenced in politics they do mean ethnic groups.