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Race is not like Nationality


The term race and nationality can be weighed on the same scale. While weighing these terms you come across how both terms are similar and different. My definition of race is labeling yourself or being categorized in order to be identified with a certain nationality. When defining race, the word nationality surfaces. The term nationality defines itself as not only identifying the country you are from, but also the language, culture, and traditions you inherit and have. The term race and nationality are alike in many ways. Both terms are used to describe a particular person, express individualism, and to identify one-self. Both terms can be weighed, but are the terms equally the same? When comparing race and nationality, many differences come up.

Throughout the years the word race has been used in many ways. One major use to the word race was to degrade people. Race was used to categorize people by the surface of a person. Categorization by what color your skin is or how a person presents them is also present in today’s society. The term race is superficial when you compare it to nationality. Race is also often used for statistical purposes such as the records.

An argument can be made whether race and nationality are tied together closer than they may seem. Both terms are stated to identify him or her, but each term has a different way of identifying him or her. A nationality describes a person entirely different from the term race. Nationality incorporates the nation you are from, the language you speak, and the cultural traditions practiced. When asked “What nationality are you?” you answer with a sense of pride and dignity because the term nationality defines itself as more than just a country which you are from. Nationality is a more substantial word. The term nationality can be weighed more because its meaning is more concrete than race. Nationality and race are not the same. Nationality can be weighed more heavily because the term describes many aspects of the person. Not just physically or visually, nationality introduces the true character of a person. Defining oneself under the term nationality you can relate the language you speak, the culture in your family, and country you represent. By stating your nationality you surpass the reason to identify your race.


Race and nationality are not as equal as it seems. They both share similar qualities but they both have major differences. Race has been used in so many ways throughout the years that the value of the word has just been lost. Asking a person for their race seems racial, or making an implication of some sort of hate. The word race is superficial in a sense when comparing it to a nationality. In today’s society, nationality is used more to describe a person. Instead of asking for a person’s race, the word nationality is used because it doesn’t have any negative significance. Nationality is different from race because the use of the word covers more of a person. Nationality indicates the real character of a person and how a person is identified.

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