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I went to a middle school that was about 90% people of color, primarily African American, and 9-10% Caucasian. The vast, overwhelming majority of my friends were PoC. I literally could not finish my 8th grade year and had to be pulled and home-schooled the last semester because of the non-stop death threats I received exclusively for the crime of being white at that school. "Die White Bitch" scrawled across one of my art projects sticks out in my memory. Please explain how that's not racism.
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You’re fucking dense, man. Do you know what “North African” means? Those are Arab / Egyptian / Etc. people. Southwest Asian includes Iranian, Lebanese, Arab, Afghan, Saudia Arabian, and Turkish people. The ONLY people on there who are even considered “White” by current standards are Europeans WHICH IS WHY TERMING THEM AS CAUCASIAN IS FUCKIN’ INACCURATE, BECAUSE THEY AREN’T. IT WAS A SHIT TERM.

Fucking read holy shit!

"WHICH IS WHY TERMING THEM AS CAUCASIAN IS FUCKIN’ INACCURATE, BECAUSE THEY AREN’T. IT WAS A SHIT TERM." 

It may be a shit term but its the term fucking EVERYONE uses. Including the vast majority of academia and the scientific community. WORDS CHANGE. IT CHANGED IN THE DICTIONARY. WHICH I SHOWED YOU. I don’t give two flying fucks whether or not you like white people being called Caucasian or not. Because that’s what were called now. Get the fuck over it. 

Wrong, wrong, and wrong.

In the UK, "Caucasian" is not included on their census, only White, and other ethnic identifiers. In Russia, "Caucasian" is used to refer to people from the Caucasus region, including Chechens, Avars, Dargins, Kabardians, Georgians, and Abazas, and so on and so forth. In Germany, "Caucasian" isn’t even a damn option. So I repeat the only place “Caucasian” ~means~ White is in the U.S., and that is because of the White Supremacist ideals of colonizers in the 18th and 19th centuries. For someone who is “pro fucking logic” you really do sound like a typical SJW at this point, completely ignoring any facts that are against what you believe and pretending as though the more angry you get the more sense your argument makes.

From Oxford Dictionaries:

[ADJECTIVE]

1: Of or relating to one of the traditional divisions of humankind, covering a broad group of peoples from Europe, western Asia, and parts of India and North Africa.

[so named because the German physiologist Blumenbach believed that it originated in the Caucasus region of southeastern Europe]

            1.1 White-skinned; of European origin.

2: Of or relating to the Caucasus.

3: Of or relating to a group of languages spoken in the region of the Caucasus, of which thirty-eight are known, many not committed to writing. The most widely spoken is Georgian, of the small South Caucasian family, not related to the three North Caucasian families.

 

[USAGE NOTES]

In the racial classification as developed by Blumenbach and others in the 19th century, Caucasian (or Caucasoid) included peoples whose skin colour ranged from light (in northern Europe) to dark (in parts of North Africa and India). Although the classification is outdated and the categories are now not generally accepted as scientific (see Mongoloid (usage)), the term Caucasian has acquired a more restricted meaning. It is now used, especially in the US, as a synonym for ‘white or of European origin’, as in the police are looking for a Caucasian male in his forties .

So again, Caucasian does not mean White. It is used that way in the U.S. because of outdated racial classifications created by Blumenbach and his fellow anthropologist / scientist buds from the 19th century, and it is no longer considered accurate. The U.S. uses it because of rules from literally two centuries ago which assumed White people originated in the Caucasus region, though that’s since been debunked. White people are not inherently Caucasian, though some Caucasian people may be White. Caucasians are people from the Caucasus region, period.

Related Reading:

 “The World: Taboos, Globally Speaking; Like Politics, All Political Correctness Is Local” by Donald G. McNeil Jr, The New York Times

“And then there is Russia, where the most discriminated-against groups are residents of the Caucasus — Chechnyans, Azerbaijanis, Georgians and so on. There, unlike elsewhere, Caucasians are relatively dark skinned — and to Russians inclined to be derogatory, this makes them ”chorniye” or ”blacks” (except when this is seen to be insensitive, in which case Caucasians become ”people of Caucasian nationality.”)

After Attacks in Russia, Fears of Xenophobia” by Michael Schwirtz, The New York Times Europe

“Though Russian citizens, Chechens and others from the North Caucasus are often seen as foreigners in Russia, especially here in the capital, and are frequently associated with immigrants from the countries of Central Asia that were former Soviet republics. More than 1,000 miles from Moscow, Chechnya has its own language, religion and customs, as well as a history of violent separatism that many in the rest of the country find alien in the best of times and threatening in the worst.

Why White People Are Called ‘Caucasian?’”, from Collective Degradation: Slavery and the Construction of Race, by Nell Irvin Painter, YaleUniversity

“Blumenbach placed the Caucasian race’s northeastern boundary at he River Obi (or Ob), farther to the east than the Ural mountains, usually considered the boundary between Europe and Asia.31 He put the southeastern boundary at the Ganges. Although he included north Africans in the category of Caucasian, he mentioned no particular geographic demarcation dividing Caucasians from Ethiopians.”

CaucasianThe Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica

[origin in Blumenbach’s theory] not be drawn between them, as they tended to blend “insensibly” into one another. His five categories included American, Malay, Ethiopian, Mongolian, and Caucasian. (He chose the term Caucasian to represent the Europeans because a skull from the Caucasus Mountains of Russia was in his opinion the most beautiful.) These terms were still commonly used by many scientists in the early…

Caucasian PeoplesThe Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica

Caucasian peoples, various ethnic groups living in the Caucasus, a geographically complex area. […] The complex of regions harbours more than 50 separate peoples, ranging from language communities with only a few hundred speakers to large national groups numbering millions. This diversity is not of recent date. Pliny the Elder related that the Romans carried on their business there through 80 interpreters. Arab geographers called the Caucasus Jabal al-ALsine, Mountain of Languages.

The Races of Europe” by Carleton Steven Coons

This third racial zone stretches from Spain across the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco, and thence along the southern Mediterranean shores into Arabia, East Africa, Mesopotamia, and the Persian highlands; and across Afghanistan into India[…] The Mediterranean racial zone stretches unbroken from Spain across the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco, and thence eastward to India[…] A branch of it extends far southward on both sides of the Red Sea into southern Arabia, the Ethiopian highlands, and the Horn of Africa.

The anthropological treatises of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1865)” [PDF]

Caucasian variety—I have taken the name of this variety from Mount Caucasus, both because its neighborhood, and especially its southern slope, produces the most beautiful race of men, I mean the Georgian; and because all physiological reasons converge to this, that in that region, if anywhere, it seems we ought with the greatest probability to place the autochthones (original members) of mankind.

Caucasian - Why Do We Use It to Mean ‘White’?

The origin of the term Caucasian lies with the anthropological antics of the 18th century, as scientists and philosophers began to explore and attempt to categorise the different human races. It was the German philosopher Johann Friedrich Blumenbach that popularised the notion of a Caucasian race - his studies led him to believe in fives principle varieties of human: Caucasian (white), Mongolian (yellow), Malayan (brown), Ethiopian (black) and American (red). While the idea of distinct varieties had existed previously, and the term Caucasian race had already been coined by the German philosopher Christoph Meiners, the application of craniometry and other anthropometric studies by Blumenbach had given the idea a certain scientific credence.

Meiners had coined the term Caucasian (or Caucasoid) from the Caucasus in Eastern Europe, from where he believed “the most beautiful race of men” - white fellas - had originated. The aesthetics of race seemed to interest him more than anything else, and he was particularly gushing about Georgians for some reason, while considering black people ugly and inferior. Blumanbach, while retaining the term Caucasian, extended its scope to cover Europe, parts of North Africa, and India. Thus, Caucasian came to encompass a number of different racial groups and skin tones, and did not refer exclusively to white people.

Systems of Power and Inequality” by Margaret L. Andersen and Patricia Hill Collins

“Where, for example, did the term Caucasian come from? Although many take it to be ‘real’ and don’t think about its racist connotations, the term has racist origins. It was developed in the late eighteenth century by a German anthropologist, Johann Blumenbach. He developed a racial classification scheme that put people from the Russian Caucasus at the top of the racial hierarchy because he thought that Caucasians were the most beautiful and sophisticated people; darker people were put on the bottom of the list: Asians, Africans, Polynesians, and Native Americans (Hannaford 1996). It is amazing when you think about it that this term remains with us, with few questioning its racist origin and connotations.”

Getting Rid of the Word Caucasian” by Carol C. Mukhopadhyay

The term Caucasian originated in the eighteenth century as part of the developing European science of racial classification. After visiting the region of the Caucasus Mountains, between the Caspian and Black seas, German anatomist Johann Blumenbach declared its inhabitants the most beautiful in the world, the ideal type of humans created in “God’s Image” and deemed the area the likely site where humans originated. (Humans actually originated in Africa.) He decided that all light-skinned peoples from this region, along with Europeans, belongs to the same race, which he labelled Caucasian. Blumbenbach named four other races that he considered physically and morally “degenerate” forms of “God’s original creation.” He classified Africans (excepting lighter-skinned North Africans) as “Ethiopians” or “black”. He split non-Caucasian Asians into two separate races: the “Mongolian” or “yellow” race of China and Japan, and the “Malayan” or “brown” race, including Aboriginal Australians and Pacific Islanders. Native Americans were the “red” race.

Blumenbach’s system of racial classification was adopted in the United States. American scientists tried to prove that Caucasians had larger brains, and were smarter than people of other races. Racial science dovetailed with nineenth-century evolutionary theorites, which ranked races from more “primitive” “savages” to more “advanced” or “civilized,” with Caucasians on top. Racial hierarchies were used to justify slavery and other forms of racial discrimination.

Not All Caucasians Are White: The Supreme Court Rejects Citizenship for Asian Indians

cishits:

What you dealt with was prejudice & discrimination & bullying, but it was not racism. You will never in your entire life experience racism.

White people cannot experience racism.

Edit: thank you for pointing this out. Anon, you are not Caucasian. Caucasian people are from the Caucus region. Caucasian =/= white.

In its decision in the case of U.S. v. Bhagat Singh Thind (1923), the Supreme Court deemed Asian Indians ineligible for citizenship because U.S. law allowed only free whites to become naturalized citizens. The court conceded that Indians were “Caucasians” and that anthropologists considered them to be of the same race as white Americans, but argued that “the average man knows perfectly well that there are unmistakable and profound differences.” The Thind decision also led to successful efforts to denaturalize some who had previously become citizens.

You’re wrong. Period. Swallow it and move on.

"In the UK" "In Russia"

Welcome to America.

We use Caucasian as synonymous with white. It’s in ouy dictionary. Different nations even sharing the same base language have differing definitions of words. I don’t care what it means anywhere but in the country where I’m using it.

So essentially you’re an ethnocentric, American-centric dumbass? K. Good luck spreading “logic” when you’re using biased, White Supremacist definitions of things and ignoring actual facts about it.

LANGUAGE IS BASED ON THE COUNTRY ITS IN. THEY ARE UNIVERSAL. Shit has different meanings in different area’s. If I were to go to another area I adopt their language. But here, I use what is used here. THERE IS NO CORRECT LANGUAGE. Words have exactly whatever meaning is associated with them and nothing more. 

That was seriously Strawman, calling the person  an ethnocentric, American-centric dumbass?