Real freedom of conscience,” Gorenberg suggested, “would require the state to stop registering religious and ethnic identity.
The only holdovers from the old coalition are ethnic minorities and government workers.
Surely they believe as well that the very concept of an ethnic nation “chosen” by God is phony and unjust.
Beyond the ethnic and cultural issues that ostracized me, I was also physically different.
It takes longer for us to see members of other race and ethnic groups as individuals.
This instability of boundaries led to ethnic cleansing, to numerous international congresses, to fitful wars.
It is only the validity of the ethnic explanation which we deny.
There is no great antagonism between them, as there is between Christianity and the ethnic religions.
How shall we solve this enigma of ethnic purity, and yet impurity, of type?
Borrowed civilizations and purloined languages are often so many disguises which conceal the truth of ethnic relationships.
late 14c., Scottish, "heathen, pagan," and having that sense first in English; as an adj. from late 15c. from Latin ethnicus, Greek ethnikos, from ethnos "band of people living together, nation, people," properly "people of one's own kind," from PIE *swedh-no-, suffixed form of root *s(w)e- (see idiom).
In Septuagint, Greek ta ethne translates Hebrew goyim, plural of goy "nation," especially of non-Israelites, hence "Gentile nation" (see goy). Sense of "peculiar to a race or nation" is attested from 1851, a return to the word's original meaning; that of "different cultural groups" is 1935; and that of "racial, cultural or national minority group" is American English 1945; ethnic cleansing is attested from 1991.
Although the term 'ethnic cleansing' has come into English usage only recently, its verbal correlates in Czech, French, German, and Polish go back much further. [Jerry Z. Muller, "Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism," Foreign Affairs, March/April 2008]