Throughout this course there was a focus on culture versus race. Many people used to believe and some still do that race and culture are the same. They think that because of the way you are when you are born that you will be more likely to eat insects or be less smart. In, Recognizing Cultural Diversity, from our week two readings, they started by saying that race and culture are not the same because there are a lot more cultures in this world than there are races. They also continued on to say, “Cultural inheritances evolve much faster than genetic inheritances” (90). If they were the same they would happen at the same time. This is similar to the week three material we discussed regarding rituals. There are many different types of rituals that can happen throughout someone’s life. These rituals are what help shape someone’s culture. These rituals don’t always happen to people in the same race at the same time. Once again disproving that culture and race are as directly related as people thought. Finally, in our week four discussion we talked about kinship and its relationship with our culture. In, Ties that Connect, it says, “Kinship plays a fundamental role in weaving the tapestry of culture” (113). Once again we see this relationship between race and culture. Someone’s race is determined based off of his or her parents. So, if their parents were raised with a certain culture, they are most likely going to carry this down to the next generation. This creates the link that many people see as race and culture being completely intertwined even though they are two completely separate things. These readings have meaning making referenced throughout because they are consistently trying to bring meaning into culture and relate it to the way the world works. They are also creating meanings that disprove why culture and race would be the same thing.