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An individual's sense of having their identity defined by belonging to a particular race or ethnic group. The strength of such identity is dependent on how much he or she has processed and internalized the sociological, political and other contextual factors within that group.

RACIAL IDENTITY: "Chuck's racial identity had always been Hispanic, even though he was adopted at birth and was actually thought to be white by his birth parents."

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