Montag, 4. Januar 2016

What does "White People" even mean?

The term "White People" does not have a good definition, that's a fact. The US census includes everyone who is of European or Middle Eastern or North African origin, the UK census only includes Europeans, on the Internet you'll find anything from "Italians/Spaniards/Slavs are not white" to "Iranians are white".  In the 19th century, Englishmen came up with the term and were excluding everyone except themselves as non-White (Irish, Germans, even Swedes were said to be "swarthy"). Jews can identify themselves as White or non-White, depending on what is more beneficial in any situation. The whole thing is ridiculous.

I think a compromise of the definitions would be: white is who is racially Caucasian and of Christian background (i.e. not Muslim or Jewish, but atheist is ok). This would result in the following peoples being "white", and I believe this corresponds to the intuitive labelling many people do.

1 Kommentar:

  1. Great map. However I have a hard time undestanding how the Oromo are white. They are very dark skinned Cushtic people. Despite their Christian religion and Caucasian admixture to a lay man they are black. The Oromo are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, and tge people of that nation are widely considered to black.