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.

The results, following that logic, would be that the following peoples are "white":
The list structure follows native languages.

  • Englishmen
  • English-speakers of other European origins e.g. White Americans
  • Frisians
  • Dutchmen
  • Afrikaaners
  • Germans
  • Danes
  • Norwegians
  • Swedes
  • Faroese
  • Icelanders
  • Scots
  • Welsh
  • Irishmen
  • Bretons
  • Cornish
  • Manx
  • Frenchmen
  • Spaniards
  • Catalans
  • Portuguese
  • Corse
  • Italians
  • Sardinians
  • Rhaetians
  • Romanian
  • Aromanians
  • Basques
  • Poles
  • Czechs
  • Slovakians
  • Sorbs
  • Slovenians
  • Croats
  • Serbs
  • Bulgarians
  • Macedonians
  • Russians
  • Ukrainians
  • Belarusians
  • Albanians (not that the majority is Muslim, but Christian Albanians do exist)
  • Greeks
  • Lithuanians
  • Latvians
  • Estonians
  • Finns
  • Hungarians
  • Sami
  • Maltese
If you're happy to include Christian, Caucasian Middle Easteners and North Africans, then the following peoples can be included too:
  • Armenians
  • Georgians
  • Ossetians
  • Abkhazians
  • Assyrians
  • Copts (Christian Egyptians)
  • Levantines/Phoenicians (Lebanese)
  • Abyssinians/Habesha
  • Oromo
The latter two have a lot of Black African admixture but DNA analyses show that the majority of the DNA is Middle Eastern (i.e. Caucasian).

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.