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Ethnicity refers to a collective sense of belonging with people who share a common history of experiences, beliefs, language, and culture that includes identification with a homeland, or place of origin of ancestral roots, manifesting itself as a strong, unifying relationship among group members. A common history of experiences includes the formulation of experiences from one generation to the next that have become common practice and accepted among the ethnic group’s interpretation of their reality.

The ethnic group may identify with the history of dominance over other ethnic groups based on issues such as race, skin color, economics, language, and education. An ethnic group may also identify with a history of discrimination and prejudice from experiences such as slavery, unjust laws that favor the dominant ...

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