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What in the Dickens is a Caucasian, Anyway?

Anthropologist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach [1752-1840] erroneously postulated, about the turn of the 19th century, the origin of the “white race" as being from the Caucasus mountain region. Hence, the term Caucasian. In the U.S. one of the most common occurrences of the word was on census applications. In the mind of Blumenbach, as in the mind of many other early "scientists", there was a superior race, the Caucasian race.

So, contrary to other races, derogatory replacement terms were not coined, or at least they did not develop. We all know that was not the case for a number of the so-called races, or for that matter, nationalities. Many of these latter individuals have sought a change in terminology with time, called by some "political correctness". However, is it merely a matter of politics, or of the very fabric of Society?

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VinceSummers wrote on June 24, 2018, 8:22 PM

If someone asks me, I am of the human race...

MegL wrote on June 25, 2018, 1:00 PM

That's an interesting and valid point. Are there derogatory terms for Caucasian? Probably not in English, nor in English speaking or predominantly Caucasian countries. There may be in other languages and non Caucasian populations. I understand that there are terms for "not like us" or "not one of us" in other languages. I also prefer to be of the human race.

VinceSummers wrote on June 25, 2018, 1:46 PM

Just a note, whether or not one is a believer in the Bible. It says, at Genesis 3:20, "After this Adam named his wife Eve, because she was to become the mother of everyone living." The expression "After this..." refers to after the pronouncement of judgement following the sin in the Garden of Eden.

lookatdesktop wrote on June 25, 2018, 8:46 PM

I once jokingly said, I guess am half caulk rock and half Asian. Of course I made a silly.