Tyquela Thomas
African American Literature
January 2017

Race: each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics; a group or set of people or things with a common feature or features.
Ethnicity: the fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition.
Culture: the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively; the attitudes and behavior characteristic of a particular social group.
Human Rights- a right that is believed to belong justifiably to every person.
Civil rights: the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality.
Miscegenation: the interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types.
Amalgamation: the action, process, or result of combining or uniting.
Quadroon: a person who is one-quarter black by descent.
Octoroon: a person who is one-eight black by descent.
Creole: a person of mixed European and black descent, especially in the Caribbean; a mother tongue formed from the contact of two languages through an earlier pidgin stage.
Civility: formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech; polite remarks used in formal conversation.
White privilege: is a term for societal privileges that benefit people identified as white in Western countries, beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances.
Systemic racism: describes forms of racism which are structured into political and social institutions. It occurs when organisations , institutions or governments discriminate, either deliberately or indirectly, against certain groups of people to limit their rights. Intersectionality - the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
Colorism- p rejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group.
Gender vs. Sex- Gender describes the characteristics that a society or culture delineates as masculine or feminine. So while y our sex as male or female is a biological fact that is the same in any culture, what that sex means in terms of your gender role as a 'man' or a 'woman' in society can be quite different cross culturally.
Mulatto- ( Racial Slur ) "like a mule" a person of mixed white and black ancestry, especially a person with one white and one black parent.
Prejudice- preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.
Racism- taking action to affect the lively hood of people you do not like.
Social Construct- is a theory of knowledge in sociology and communication theory that examines the development of jointly constructed understan dings of the world. j dd about reality.w