I think that people have a little problem getting a handle on being part of a tribe of 200 million, so they try to identify with a smaller group. in a lot of the world, the group is your relgious group, or your tribe or clan. In places (like the US and israel, for instance) where almost everyone is an immigrant, it is where you family is from. it then seems very strange to americans when other people put so much importance on religion as an ethnic "identifier", or caste or color. in parts of africa people put a huge amount of importance on very slight physical differences, in india it is very often caste (even though they will always tell you it isn't important) in much of the "old world" it is religion, and in the US it is where your family is from. people want a tribe to identify with.
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3/22/05 at 1:20pm