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Difference Between White and Caucasian

Many a time, I have heard characters in a movie mention the word Caucasian in a conversation. Also, I’d hear them mention white people too. At one point, I used to believe that Caucasian and white meant the same people and could be interchanged. However, with a deep analysis of the two, I finally realized there is a huge variance separating the two.

Even though most people have been using one of these terms in place of the other, that has always been a misconception. All the same, there can be a particular case where real confusion can happen. This is because a Caucasian can be called white depending on the skin tone, but a white person will never be called a Caucasian.

In doing a comparison of the two people, Caucasian is considered the larger race while the white is the smaller one. The Caucasian race is said to be made up of the Arabs, the North Africans, Whites, Somalians, and some people in Ethiopia and India. The people of South Asia and North Africa are technically considered to be Caucasia even though their skins have darker features. That concludes that the main difference between the two races is based on color.

However, a deeper analysis might shed some light on the differences between Caucasian and white.

Who is a White Person?

The terms “white people” were coined in the 17th century and have been used up to date to refer mostly to European people. It was mainly used to differentiate between the dark-skinned and white-skinned people. Basically, it is a color metaphor that is used to refer to race, and it represents a set of ethnic groups with a lighter skin color and red cheeks.

Even though the term white has often been exclusively reserved for European descent people, at times is it expanded to include certain people of South Asia, North Africa, and Middle Eastern descents.

Who is Caucasian?

The term Caucasian is used to refer to the Caucasian race, also called the Europid or Caucasoid. It is a grouping of human beings who are historically regarded as a biological taxon. The taxon has historically included some or all of the modern and ancient populations of South Asia, North Africa, Western Asia, Europe, Central Asia, and the Horn of Africa.

Members of the Gottingen School of History first coined the usage of the term Caucasian in the 1780s. They used it to denote or refer to one of the three purported major races, that is, the Negroid, Caucasoid, and Mongoloid. The modern and ancient Caucasians, therefore, have ranged in complexion from dark brown to white.

The term Caucasian is often used in a societal context to refer to the “white people” or people of European ancestry in the United States. However, it is highly criticized in American English.

Difference Between White and Caucasian

The key differences are based on several factors ranging from their skin tone to origin, and ethnic groupings.

1. Color

The main difference between the Caucasian and White people is the skin tone. The whites have a lighter skin color while Caucasians’ skin tone ranges from white to dark brown, pale, olive, reddish-white.

2. Ethnic Grouping

On ethnic reflections, the white race is considered an ethnic group while Caucasian is considered a general physical type.

3. Composition

The white race is composed of the people of Irish, British, and European origins. Caucasian, on the other hand, is used to refer to among them, the Arabs, Ethiopians, Somalians, Whites, and North Africans.

4. Size

The Whites are considered to be a smaller race as compared to the Caucasians.

5. Classification

The terms “white people” draw their classification from the color of the skin. “Caucasian”, on the other hand, draws it classification from several human features including the shape of the human skull as well as other skeletal features.

6. Origin

The term “Caucasian” was born in the 19th century. It was coined by German anthropologist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach. The terms “White people” originated in the 17th century and was often used to draw the difference between the European people and non-Europeans.

White vs. Caucasian: Comparison Table

Characteristics White Caucasian
Grouping Considered an ethnic group It’s a larger group characterized by the general physical type of people
Origin The term originated in the 17th century and was based on the Greco-Roman ethnography Originated from the 19th century. Based on anthropology
Skin Tone Whites have lighter skin tones Caucasians have darker skin tone with several variations
Composition Usually used to refer to people of Irish, native British, and European origins Consists of some people in North Africa, Ethiopia, Somalia, as well as whites and Arabs.
Classification Was mainly classified based on skin tone The classifications were mainly based on the facial appearances
Size Considered as the smaller race of the two Considered the larger race

Summary of White vs. Caucasian

Many variations can be drawn between the two terms. All the conclusions will be purely based on the sources one uses as well as the facts. However, the basic thing is that these are two different people. It should be noted that a Caucasian person can be referred to as White, but a white one can never be Caucasian. A point worth noting is that making skin tone-based considerations while differentiating between several races is considered racist. It is also widely frowned upon by the society.

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  1. what is the difference between a wise and an intelligent person?

    • Wise people are normally intelligent but intelligent people are not always wise. Wise people understand the saying “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should”.

    • To know the difference. My father said that the height of ignore is the height of intelligence.

    • Ethiopians and Somali and are NOT Caucasians. This article is WRONG WRONG. They are subsaharan black Africans. That lie was widespread 100 years ago but it since was proven incorrect.

      • Of course not, but you can find caucasians in Somalia and Ethiopia as well, and also in the Americas got it now?

      • If one thinks he’s knowlegbale look to DNA. This debunks ALL and everything one THOUGHT they knew. Most AMERICAN born blacks or so-called Africanamericans believed they were that. On a national tv show several had DNA test on themselves. Every one of them had 35-60 % European and NONE had over 25% “african”. They were in tears and did not want to believe it but had to. DNA never lies.

        • European doesn’t equal white in genetic studies.. it means mutation in their DNA come from the land we call Europe today… race is not even a gene in the first place, so anybody getting upset about having certain mutations from different parts of the world, don’t fully understand genetic science.

      • Ethiopians & Somalis are not called North Africans. It is a term used for Arab part of Africa.

      • Agreed, who ever wrote this did so with intentions to spread miss informations, Caucasian are white, Arabs are white with tans that is obvious but no Africans are not Caucasian the only people in affrica that were Caucasian were the Arabs that ruled Egypt but that was only the upper class most were African

      • We Ethiopians are mix of hamities and semities that modern DNA proves most Ethiopians 73% of the population have semetic DNA
        It’s more or less similar to southern Yemen population.yemen were a territory of Ethiopia in ancient times.

    • Intelligent is knowing that tomatoes are a fruit. Wise is knowing that tomatoes shouldn’t be in a fruit bowl.

    • A wise man learns the consequences from ambitious learned men

  2. Many anthropologists believe there are no “races”, only clines of phenotypes.

    • Many cat-lovers believe there are no different breeds of dogs, only clines of canine phenotypes. “German Shepherd” and “Poodle” are just social constructs. Dog breeds are an imperialist social construct advanced by colonialist, oppressive German Shepherds so they can remain the master breed over other dogs. There is only one breed, the canine breed. Evil Nazi, German Shepherd supremacists are the only hateful ones that think otherwise.

      The argument that different human races don’t exist is just a silly as this clap-trap on dog breeds. When you can prove to me that dog breeds don’t exist, you’ll earn a cookie.

      The real reason pundits and sophist hacks insist that “race does not exist” is because they really mean, “The white, Aryan race does not exist.” They would never walk into a Zulu village and tell the Zulus, “your race does not exist.” The Zulus would stomp them into soup meat. They would never walk into Arab territory and tell them, “the Arab race does not exist.” The Arabs would tie a 50-lb. rock around their neck and drop them down a well.

      But we know the real impetus of this anti-race insanity is to convince white, Aryan people they don’t exist, so they will not defend their nations from the mass immigration of hundreds of millions from the other races. It’s the United Nations program for genocide–slow, demographic extermination of white folk through forced, non-white immigration, while telling them, “race doesn’t exist.”

      Africa for the Africans, Asia for the Asians, White countries for EVERYBODY. It’s genocide. If you object to millions of Africans invading your country, they call you a “racists.” But they are not anti-racist. They are anti-white. Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.

      • Can’t believe I took the time to read this whole idiotic comment.

      • There is only one race and that is the Human Race!!!

      • Somebody please make sure this person doesn’t breed.

      • Lol and he calls himself “Wise One”.

        First of all, your dog analogy is incorrect because all domesticated dogs come from the wolf breed during the ice age.

        Second, I didn’t read the rest of your ignorance because after making that statement I knew you’d just make some stupid remark about how we’re all different races and saying otherwise contradicts social constructs like racism blah blah cry. All I have to say is race is real because it’s a social construct just like racism, however we all originate from the same nomads who evolved in Africa, so just like dogs, we all come from the same gene pool.

        Third, it’s obvious to everyone that you’re white and a privileged little cry baby when you make a statement like “anti-racist is just a code word for anti-white.” You’re ignorant. I’m white and against racism you retarded clown.

        • Prosno really hit a nerve didn’t he. All you can do is go into denial. You offer no information.

        • This is comical not the distinction between races but the dog references….when someone says were all from the same” Gene Pool” remember that “Pool” we crawled out of was the sea first then into the tree’s….Then as nature and evolution intended protected us from climate and environments by changing our skin colors and facial features to tolerate the harsh heat and cold. And we still scratch our ass and sniff our fingers…”Please don’t squeeze the Charmin”…..lol

          • That is call theory, not a fact you idiot.

          • It’s Theory backed up by huge amounts of evidence, a lot of which is factual. Creationism is just belief backed up by centuries old scripture that has never been proven and has no facts

          • Buzz B, your ignorance is astounding. We are created not evolved.

          • Partial right, I agree that we as a prehistoric aberiginal semientellegent creature, all the people on the planet have evolved simalerly! The infux of the Devine DNA, created evelutionary differences, the Bible tracks that DNA, and tells story’s about the evaluation of those bloodliness. Africans in America breed ad they have with the more advanced examples are not the same as the aberiginal Africans still in Africa, Wich are not the same as the aberiginal Africans of three hundred years ago! The proof is in the pudding! Or the DNA. That is why the government is incouraging mixing here and thinning there. They are less violent and more everything! Thier prehistoric aberiginal physical traits added to the more technical traits that more advanced cultures exhibit, are the goal of the government! The white culture is an indangered species. Mix is the way the government is pushing. The US census stated that the white race in America, death rate out numbers the birth rate! Fact

        • Thanks i couldn’t have said it better

        • Steve, you are an ignorant clown. Feel better now? First, we did not all orginate from Africa. Adam is who we all orginated from. All the races came from Ham, Shem and Japheth. Caucasoid, Mongoloid and Negroid. Hmmmm. Crawl back into your SJW closet.

          • Correct me if you find my assersien inaccurate! The Lord is an entity, a ballenced concious energy. Both positive and negative,as “HE” is all things and Everywhere! Now the Lord is not resticted to a tawn ,a country ,a Continent, planet, universe, or time period! Man is A tool of creation that the lord breads on different planets to create and do as “HE” intends! To colonise in different environments, the Lord inserts the Devine DNA into aberiginal creatures! Eden was a compound created to protect the first example of man, but man was alone and the Lord used the DNA of Adams rib bone to create Eve! Then when Kain slew Able he banished Kain, into the world, where as Kain traveled to the aberiginal city of nod, and married a creature oof evelution! And with his greater intelelect became KING of said ABERIGINAL people of EVOLUTION! And every so often a DNA influxe was introduced into the people of the world! In different environments the physical and psychological examples veried accordingly! The tool the Lord uses to colonate we have named angels, or Aliens, or demi-Gods! Advanced “HUMANS”! If you read your Bible and use your wanderfully magifacient HUMAN intellect! You will see the truth! Don’t hate other examples of man from different continents, or world’s! There are caricteristics that different environments and the stuggle for survival brings into the gene pool! As for a dog analagy the pitbull is more akin to human as they come in all sizes,colors and intelligence levels, but a pitbull is a pitbull! I contend technical advancement is a tell sign of the Devine DNA, I will not Express my theoretical Idiology on what race has a puror example of the Devine DNA! Just know that history that is in the Bible tracks the DNA to a point in the who begots

        • The fact that my Native “American” ancestors have left evidence of culture over 100.000 years ago sheds doubt on the whole Mother Africa theory.

        • Thought you said you didn’t read the rest of the comment after the dog portion?

      • Maybe if Europeans hadn’t tried to colonize the world when they were consuming their own resources too fast, they would have their own countries ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

        • It doesn’t matter how climate changed one’s appearance. What matters is how one behaves. If one race is predominately creating technology, science, math, and building great buildings in society, along with medicines, and the creation of luxurious things. And though it may be a hard fact to swallow (and yes racism is born not because of one’s color but because of one’s beliefs and way of living) but there are only two races on earth that build things and have a much higher IQ than the rest. Whites and Asians. They are both superior, that is a fact. Look at any time in history and they have not only been the inventors but also they lived in organized societies with a higher way of living (Just look at the way of life today in any country that isn’t white or Asian). Needless to say, being smarter than someone else doesn’t give you more rights to treat the other person badly or to trample on their rights or wants in life. So question we should be askring (but atheist, unfortunately, don’t have the answer in their “religion” unlike all the other religions that briefly give the explanation) is why did one race evolve to be more creative and intelligent than the others? And why do whites have such a variant range in color (ex: red, blond, brown, hair. Blue, green brown eyes, tan and pale white skin)? no matter how you look at it, whites and asians are very different from other races.

          • No baby Black’s are different from all other race. Their hair settled that. You heard me.

          • F$&k you cry baby

          • Only difference blacks are God’s chosen. Case closed

          • Blacks are descendants of Ham, and Ham cursed his son Canaan, in other words Ham is the father of the black race in your Bible and blacks are cursed, that doesn’t not mean God don’t love you idiot.

          • Ethiopians and Somalians are blacks. Same hair. Curly, kinky and wavy. DNA proven. Theye are Not Caucasians.

          • Correct Art. The author just wants to make himself feel good by including some black races into the caucasoid races. He failed though.

          • You guys didn’t get it Caucasian means not only whites . Whites are sub decision races of Caucasian as semities and hamities most have a feature from curly to straight hair. Hamities build the pyramids when whites lives in hats.noha cursed ham child Canaan not his other offspring of ham.dont twist history from reality of white guilt.DNA proves it all. As an Ethiopian we are the beginning of civilization. We gave the world the world a coffee.we domesticated camel for Arab world to cross deserts for a millennia.we discovered sorghum.we were independent for last 3000 years.ethiopia was the second country to accept Christianity.the great warrior memnon(king of Ethiopia) who fought beside Troy as Greek writer homer wrote Iliad memnon had a skill of fight equivalent Achilles.ethiopia the only country own its alphabet which sabian alphabet.ethiopians are descendants of queen Sheba and king Solomon.the ark of covenant of Moses found in Ethiopia. So such a pride people do care to be called white.caucasid is not mean white it’s like an umbrella other sub division of races included like hamities and semities.horn of Africa falls to Eastern hamities.everyone express his own opinion without checking facts and history.Thanks to DNA proves everything.

          • Yes. Egyptigans, Asians, and whites are the smartest. Blacks, Hispanics, Indians, and Arabs built huts. Orginally we are all related to one race. It just evolved from migration bad adaptation from the sun or cold.

          • First of all yall all wrong well most blacks in america is native anericans they didnt come as slaves were first in the Americas which is the original natives before Mongolian asians came 1000s of yrs. Every continent was african first with african ideas no matter if your a inbreed albino or whatever gene which is african first also understand having to adapt different when you leave africa you invent different shit to hunt and live. Europe is cold cant ambush food so gun was invented to adapt if its not broke dont fix it. Plenty of pyramid ancient Israeli jews or anyone was first black or brown so that smarter shit is certain smart individuals that dont stop at them miseducated mfers we all came from the bushman of south africa. No race can get credited for someone elses accomplishments history is told foul credit gets stolen. african American are really the original people of the Americas 1000s of yrs before the Mongolian indian

          • Total crock. Native Americans are closely related to many Asians. The black African slaves are descendants of God’s Chosen people AKA “Jews”.

          • What type of Asians? I think you are referring to eastern asians or orientals, because in India people there have a below average IQ stupid, and eastern Asians look alike one another, except that some have more delicate features and lighter skin than other, like for example a Japanese, and a Chinese.
            Whites are more creative, but eastern Asians are more intelligent, but both races White and Yellow are superior on intelligence that the rest.
            Blacks have a more athletic body then all races in general by nature, and also the lowest IQ from all human races in average.

          • Dude your fkn crazy you arent the smart one i see your blinded. First of all asians evolved from south african African! Whites inbreded albino genes from all over Africa! Which all connects! African American are the original natives of the Americas 1000s of yrs not what u see and understand those africa asian/Europeans have alot of snow and cold make them adapt different asshole! Each its own. Medication been around 1000s of yrs before 150yrs ago. Thats called stealing also and taking credit. History is told foul , bet im smarter than your ass no matter completion. Anyine can learn

          • To say that other races are more intelligent than any other is ridiculous and nothing can prove that. ‘Black people’ have had their credit, hard work and ideas stolen from them in our most recent documents and yes their hair is a different texture have you thought climate adaptaion?, as well as irish which would be the fair skinned redheaded ‘white people’, egyptions, jews, etc. Have literally been under slavery and different forms of studies, science experiments, in different times in ages that had destroyed things of where we all come from, who is to say anyone is anymore intelligent when our rich countries wont help or allow other countries to grow into their potentials, ideas, and stability. Others do not have access to education in the way that we in stable countries do, how could it be said that any other is more intelligent when that is true, that is pure stupidity to assume such a thing. You can’t go in peoples homes destroy their living, and/or not educate our ‘form of education’ and say certain race/heritage/ethnicity must be more intelligent. Im a ‘white blue eyed red-head’ so does that make me more inferior intelligent to say what i said??? Or is it simply ignorant to think that plays in this?

          • You clearly are an ignorant human. Whites have always taken credit for black inventions and discoveries. Christopher Columbus didn’t discover America the black man aboard did. Chris thought he was in India that’s why you idiots call us Indians, that’s intelligence at its best. White ppl are masters of deceit and manipulation.

          • You said that Asians and whites are the ones who came up with technology??? You are very much mistaken!!! Moore’s where the first to build ships and had navigation knowledge long before anyone else!!! They are the originator of free trade because they were the ones who sailed up and down the coast trading goods with other people!!! It’s in your history books read them!!!

          • Your Ignorance is Clear. White people have Never had a Thought or an Idea that They did Not Steal. You live in a box that comforts your beliefs because you choose to close your eyes to the Truth. Every Race on Earth comes Out of Africa Period.

          • Very True BJ. Sometimes the obvious is the hardest to see.

          • You are such a dumb everything you speak of was in fact stolen from the true original people science math ect the hebrews. Who are of a dark skin even in America they invented things and white people took the claim on it washing machine stop light peanut butter the artificial heart so much but white America will not teach the truth to the world it hiw the keep them self in power and brain a whites or any group that identifies themselves with white supremaciss dominate and above all other people you all are the dumbest people on earth it’s a reason you are heated by all other ethics group because they teach the truth in there countries about ealxander the so call great potalmy one and two the great meeting of Constantine one and two ect .this is why the world is so f up look at white house it also tell you just how bo*b you people really are and have been since your creation all that you have was stolen from others and still to this day as far as the asians being so Intelligent why are the still living at such a poverty level and being exploited by once again white people and there corparations making there cheap products at high prices to the white Americans you all are. Not even a part of the race that dominates the world you are the rejects of the people in power that’s why you have nothing better to do but speaker on scoical media that does not improve the equality of life for all mankind you destroy it like you ancestors .

          • Thank you buddy!

        • also, why do we have such a range in blood types? Why do most have the monkey gene but 15% don’t (RH-)?
          Nazi’s are entirely wrong. Racism is wrong from every angle, and it should be condemned esp if one race thinks they are superior (even if they are! that doesn’t give them rights over another human being.
          Secondly, to say we are all out of Africa and that whites have no right to migrate to other places is extremely stupid. We ALL migrated from Africa, but by your logic, Africans don’t have a right to run their own country the way they want because we are all originally from Africa, therefore we all are natives to Africa and have a birth right to that land. Nope, sorry. We have a right to land if we win the war and defeat those who oppose our rules and way of life. That is how it works. Civilizations will always be rising a falling. There is an end to everything. Just so happens, whites are big dreamers and too resourceful for everyone’s own good (including their own).

          • also, my mistake: substitute my word “thinking” with acting. Because you can fault people for thinking they are better than you, but you can’t really prove it, therefore you can’t take legal action against them.

          • You keep believing humans descended from apes and all humans came from the Africa theory b.s it makes you a jack ass, scientists are always contradicting each other.
            Humans originated in Africa is a theory without enough evidence, and not a fact.
            And if you’re bible unless you’re an athiest it tells us that all three original races came from Noe, Noe had three sons, Japheth father of the white race or caucasians, Shem father or the Jews and middle easterners, and eastern Asians, and Ham father of the black race.
            Humanity started in Irak that’s were the suposed garden of Eden is according to the bible.
            The bible gives more acurate answers than some scientists with different theories that don’t even agree with one another. I believe on the bible, but respect science, but Darwin theories are not proven facts but are respected as such as theories only.

          • Too say whites are smarter, only their way of stealing land and culture.whites are the most evilest race, history proves this. Karma is coming to bite you, as you will become the minority soon. Evil can not prevail forever. Enjoy your white privilege while you can. Ha!

          • Tori, you are wrong on every level. The white race is responsible for virtually every Godly thing on Earth. Sin is rampant within all humanity. Sin is the issue not race. But do not deny the obvious, that European whites created what we all appreciate today.

        • btw, the “whites” this article was talking about are pale-eyed redheads. If you are any other coloring you are caucasian.

        • They had/have their own countries, the mistake they made was bringing in slaves (that were then freed, or got loose), and accepting so-called asylum seekers/refugees who then settled in, and bred like VERMIN.
          And like most introduced species, and feral animals, with an abundance of food and resources (incl. Welfare), and a lack of natural predators, their numbers have exploded to the point where they’re a drain on resources, ESPECIALLY economic.

      • Wisdom, knowledge and truth. You have courage.

      • Strangely enough it was the EUROPEAN who left his appointed borders to “explore”. If “Africa is for Africans” how do you explain “Rhodesia” and “South Africa”? How do explain (formerly) German East Africa? How do explain Belgium in the Congo? And what about the British nearly EVERYWHERE else in Africa? As for the nonsense of “anti-racist” means “anti-white”, by definition you are saying White people ARE racist. Which is not TRUE. You have a lot of fear in you. Lol, glad I don’t lay awake dreading my impending “minority status” ROFL

      • Fact is we are no our race, nor is our race who we are.
        Race is am, is racism.
        I am not my race!
        I am saved, or I am lost.
        Just as all are, or are not.
        A simple Am I is the alternative.
        Such as I am is my race, which is am.
        No only one I Am exist!
        I am happy blessed I am saved, or I am no at all.
        A am I is all I will be, while lost to who I am meant to be, and should be. In The Way that I Am Saved! Yes saved from all is am’s I am not.
        Which applies to all humans regardless of race, culture, nation, religion, and so on…
        I Am in The Way I am saved or I am not at all…
        The Way it should be, and is meant to be. A am I not saved is lost.
        Think of the children!
        They are not their race.
        It is the truth that sets all free from any am I in question.
        Am I male or female is not a choice.
        Lost or saved is what is.
        A Am I something else is I am lost to who I am saved.

        I liked your intelligent comment..

      • How did you evade capture as a NAZI. You are obviously a white supremist with zero knowledge of antropology.

      • Well said. These Libtards dont get it. They are all brainwashed. Believing we are all the same. Probably think we all came from Adam and Eve and committing incest.

      • Spoken well from Neo Nazi. You are worried about the influx on the U.N. butttttttt you are oblivious to the influx of colonizers to this very day who have pillaged every village of the same immigrants.

      • Right on the money. Race is real, and the differences between the races are enormous. Anyone who denies this has left sanity and common sense far behind.

        The leftist brainwashing is almost complete. It’s legacy will not be a utopian paradise, but a global scale bloodbath instead. The architects of this madness, the nomadic tribe of vagabonds on the earth, will succeed in killing many whites, but in the end the only people they will have succeeded in thoroughly destroying will be themselves. Their seed will be wiped off the face of the earth.

      • European populations with their ethnic branches are caucasians similar to other ethnicities in west Asia and North Africa . The term white isn’t scientifique at all and it’s exclusive to North America to differentiate Europeans from native Americans and African Americans. Having said this, it’s worth noting that each major race has branches . Unlike white the black tone isn’t under scrutiny although the negroid race encompasses many varieties of black ethnicities . These black populations aren’t less black even though they have different black tones and different features . The same goes for the Caucasoid race, the classification of the populations is based not only on the skin color but on so many common bone features. Those who stick to the term whites for Europeans aren’t familiar with the different ethnicities in the area . Like other races the white race covers so many light shades and anybody familiar with west Asia and North Africa and the Mediterranean area knows very well the populations there are a shade of white white not black nor brown .

        • Trying too hard to associate the Arabs with whites, eh? The clue to this race war is the origin of each ethnic group existing today. Arabs are early inhibitors of the Arabian peninsula, and have since conquered most of the mediterranean. They are the dominant race in the MENA region with some descendants in Iberia.
          The term ‘Whites’ refers to descendants of Germanic tribes, who had populated all of west Europe at several points in history.

          If you ever heard of ‘Out Of Africa 1’, which is the hypothesis that homo sapiens crossed the mediterranean into Asia and Europe through several primitive navigation methods, then Arabs and Whites not being related makes sense. We were essentially lower primates when that happened than we are now. Our brains hadn’t yet developed to its current stage.

          So really, the Americas have little to do with it. That land was much later colonized and its people’s genes diluted by European settlers. That’s where Mestizos came from. And given the fact that whites originated in Europe, current NA whites are not as pure.

      • No such thing as race, we all came from south Africans now you either got 3 skin tones black brown white and all came from black and brown call inbreeding genes and albanism hair and eye color African Americans are really Native Americans the most Indigenous people to this land before the Mongolian Asians buildings was already built on the East Coast when it came to Plymouth Rock that’s why it’s an old saying we didn’t land on Plymouth Rock Plymouth they back 8000 years ago in South America that was African Indian the oldest bones in Europe will be dated back to Africa but they won’t say that dummy

      • Prosno, you are correct. The author of this article is an idiot who has an obvious bias against white people. Perhaps he has white envy?

      • Ok, so Africa is for Africans, Asia is for Asians, where is the continent of Aryan? Cause is sure wasn’t and isnt Northa America…ya’ll stole that so were is your orgin? You kinda skipped that

    • What anthropologists mean when we say that race does not exist is that there is no inherent biological category of race; however, race does exist as a socially constructed category.

      Our genes are not passed down as one collective package, but independently. Some traits are higher in certain populations, but human groups have always bred together and passed genes so there is a continual flow of genes across geographical space. There is also far more diversity within any racial group than there is between racial groups.

      The racial categories used to separate people groups in the United States are not the same racial categories used in other parts of the world; they are cultural constructs. Skin color is not the defining characteristic of a person’s racial identity in all parts of the world. Even just in the United States, the lines used to distinguish races change over time as well as according to which traits we are measuring- skin color, hair texture, eye shape, blood type, nose shape, lip thickness, you name it.

      A significant number of people are classified as “Native American” on their birth certificate, and some other racial category on their death certificate. People whose ancestry is 7/8ths White and 1/8th Black often are identified and treated as Black. In one family of Spanish ancestry, from the same biological parents, one sister can be darker and labeled “Hispanic” while the other inherited lighter skin and is labeled “White.” Racial categorizations are often very ambiguous like that.

      • I understand your comment completely. My brother had his DNA testing done and the results blew my mind. I have always been told that I am Mexican-American. Yes, I was born in the USA of America. The results were amazing. 52% Southern United States mixed with European, Middle-East Asian, and North African. ☺

  3. “Unlike the white people, the Caucasian people have thin noses and thin lips.”

    and who says a lot of “whites” dont have thin noses whites are caucasian with lighter skin, whoever wrote this article did not research well.

  4. “Unlike the white people, the Caucasian people have thin noses and thin lips.”

    Most white people have thin noses and lips, including myself.

    • Well I don’t, and I’m entirely of western European heritage.

      • You do realize that just because you don’t fit that criteria, doesn’t mean it’s not true. It’s very much possible to not have a thin nose, nor thin lips, even though one is white. But most white people do, meaning that at least 1 in 2 have thin lips and noses. I never got why people always had such an urge to tell everybody that they don’t fit a certain criteria, you people do realize that it doesn’t change anything. Just because YOU don’t have a thin nose, doesn’t change the fact that most white people don’t. Like honestly, just get over yourselves.

  5. I’m just saying I agree with “seb”. I’m not quite sure how I feel about this article. Words can change meanings over time, and “white” is generally not considered a proper term for people of European descent.

  6. Why are the Chinese and Japanese missing from this list?
    As for North Africans; I believe the Nubians would reject this classification

  7. Why did you mention Japanese and Chinese rather than Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Indonesian- why would you think them to be Caucasian? I’m curious.

    Now this isn’t aimed towards you in particular, tohni, but I believe an effort have to be made to distinguish between identity and genetic heritage. Skin color might be an obvious visual marker, but visual markers, like language and other objects of culture, overlap, sometimes creating a illusory kinship that might actually over time develop into actual genetic similarity when cultural exchange intensifies due to said perceived similarities.

    @Isabella, I know, right. I think it’s insecurity that drives people to kill off difference and seek out conformity. Let’s put it in a US context with this example, let’s say we know this black dude who’s got thin lips and a fairly long head. These traits might be considered more European than African so he’s likely used to being called mixed, whereas a person with larger lips and nose and an oval head might be used to being considered more “pure” black, based solely on looks rather than genetics. It’s ridiculous. I’ve known this to happen with white folks too that have had traits that weren’t exactly your bread-and-butter European physical traits. It seems to me that all to often, instead of seeking for roots through investigation, approval of the group is more preferable.

    I largely agree with what you said, Lisa. Race is an ongoing project where identity is the project leader.

    It’d be interesting to know what they make of all of this in the African, Middle-East to East-Asian countries, what their situation is like.

  8. what the fuck. why is this even an issue between people. are people really getting offended at this NOW?! after all these years of using the same word people NOW don’t like it? are you people so board with everything then you just need shit to bitch at? if instead of being able to check the “Caucasian” box on voter registry, tests and a slew of other things and being forced to chose “white” because some people think its not right NOW (yes im going to keep doing that) then i demand that instead of white it has “European” better yet allow me to check a box labeled “Sicilian” instead. fucking hell stop bitching about shit that doesn’t matter and focus on shit like, i don’t know, the fact that our education system is shit. or that America decides to intervene wherever it feels fit. you know the “small” things.

    • Toothpaste is recommended to wash out dirty mouths!!
      Or maybe you should buy a dictionary for respectable alternative words in a public forum, and respectfully clean up your language!

  9. How about Euro-American? Much better. You dont have to check off every single european nation you orginate from, but the word euro-american is self explaintory. In my anthropology class i read that some believe this is a better term about ones background and its accuracy.

  10. I am Somali and the word used to refer to us is Somali NOT Somalian. Please change this.

    Thank you.

  11. Isn’t Caucasian referring to the group of people living along the Caucasus mountain range? From my understanding that only includes Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Georgians, and Russians.

  12. As a person of Taiwanese descent, I understandably check off Asian. I don’t complain about not including Taiwanese or Chinese or Japanese, because I know that Asia is very large, so the term to sum up everyone here would be Asian. (It’s not very offensive. It’s just who we are)

  13. Sorry this is such load of nonsense. First of all it is the masses of Caucasians that populated Europe, the changes are due to climate, weather and diet. Less sun you the lighter each generation keeps getting, your skin color, lips get smaller and nose thinner because of cold climate and diet. Europeans eat far more dairy which creates more white corporals and you look more like a cadaver.

    Who has ever taught you that people of North African, Arabia, Somalia and Ethiopia are Caucasian? Being invaded for thousand years by Caucasians then Europeans may have changed features of some but that does not make them Caucasian, predominantly they are African in every way. Ethiopians have Caucasian features but are African, Arabs are Semitic, word means race of color and they look nothing like people from the Caucuses, are you kidding me.
    Look at the Jews in Europe after 2000 years of being forced to be slaves, being used as sex objects, forced into prostitution, from features, language hair color, eyes and skin changed into European features, except ones in the Mediterranean from Spain to Greece, they changed less and still have Semitic features, and yes you can find some that you cannot tell if they are Semitic at all.

    Ignorant post.

    • Sorry Sean. The European Jews Not The Real Jew. They Are The
      Synagogue Of Satan. The Real Jews Is The Black/Negroes.. Who Came Over In Cargo Slave Ships. (Forgot?) I Am From The Tribe Of Judah=Negro.
      King James Version 14:2
      Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
      You Are In Your Kingdom You Have Special Privilege In America.
      We Got Next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I’m not quite sure about calling people listed in the article caucasians but as a georgian (which is located in caucasian mountains) i for sure know that I’m a caucasian and when you say that race depends on the colour of the skin i cant agree with you because georgian people for example can vary in skin colours and some of us are extremely pale and some are very dark but we are still the same race and everyone here considers themselves as caucasians NOT WHITE. armenian people for example are very dark compared to us but they are not different race they are caucasians. so telling me that my race doesnt exist is kinda not ok because caucasian people look certain way (not the way its described here) and have pretty amazing culture and im not sure white people have a culture so saying that we are white is basically saying that we dont exist:)

  14. Who wrote this bologna/boloney?

  15. The person who wrote this article is, plain and simple, ignorant. All they had to do was use a dictionary. White does mean Caucasian. It is only a descriptor and not the scientific name or classification. The reason for this is that Caucasian can be light skinned, or white, olive and tanned to light; even dark brown. Just as black, brown, red and yellow; they are descriptive of certain races but there are no black or white or red or yellow people but Caucasian, Negroid, Mongoloid or Australoid.

    Also, a lot of the comments are ignorant, as well. Semitic and Arab people, along with Berbers & some No. African peoples are indeed Caucasian. What is used by the science of Forensics to determine race are craniofacial and muscular-skeletal structure & placement, along with DNA; not so much skin, hair & eye pigmentation or hair texture. These last may be easy identifiers, most of the time but not positive identifiers; especially, when all you have to work with is a thigh bone.

    Lastly, not everything African is black or Negroid. Anthropological fossilized skeletal remain finds have shown conclusively Caucasian were or lived in Africa for a long time; maybe, longer than Negroid who only appeared as late as 13,000 YBP in Sub-Saharan Africa. I will cite a couple of examples: 1) A cranium in South Africa which was dated at 35,000 YBP. It, unexpectedly, turned out to be that of a Caucasian homo sapiens. 2) The fossilized skeletal remains of a young boy in Morocco, dated at 160,000 YBP. It was matched by a dental analysis to be similar to boys the same age from Europe & therefore Caucasoid.

    Race may be a hot topic these days, add to it the politically correct climate in which we live, and it makes it more difficult to get at the truth. However, most people in their day-to-day lives have little problem identifying with or anyone’s race; even when they’re also mixed. That’s why we have terms like mestizo, mulatto & zambo, which though viewed as more derogatory, it is simply referring to a Mongoloid and Negroid mix. We are all human beings, members of the Human Race ~ Homo Sapiens Sapiens, or modern humans.

    Peace!

  16. DNA testing actually shows Ashkenazi Jews and Sephardic Jews are very closely related, and that their genetic markers come from the middle East. It is a weak argument to suggest that the tribe of Judah ended up in west Africa, despite the fact they are the keepers of the Jewish calendar, traditions, and religion.

  17. The darkest of Indians in Tamil have straight nose, deep eye sockets, hair texture and facial features similar to europeans. They are termed as “caucasoid” because of this. Its only the high level of pigment to protect against the sun that makes them different color.

  18. I am caucasian and i dont have thin lips?

  19. There is a such thing as race. No one tells aryans they don’t exist they do tell
    Them they basically took a lot of the land they call their homeland where other races have lands they always inhabited. Europe was aryan historically but that’s it. Every where else they kind of went in and just stole. Using the stole for lack of better term but still and accurate one.

  20. And lets face it, they could if they wanted to which just proves they’re still the dominant race with the only other race with a hope in hell of defending themselves being the Asians.

  21. To say that the forces of evolution – spontaneous mutation, natural selection, and spatial separation of breeding pools, including day/night bias in the same space – did not operate on early humans as they have on all other animals and plants shows a complete lack of understanding of natural history. Skin color was largely differentiated latitudinally by Vitamin D – in northern climes, lower levels of melanin were necessary because of lower solar intensity and the need for Vitamin D; in equatorial climes, higher levels of melanin were necessary to avoid Vitamin D toxicity. Darwin did a good job of explaining drift. Many other environmental factors such as predation and availability of foodstuffs play into the drift as well. This nonsense of race baiting and obscurantism has got to stop, because its effect is to obscure the truth and reality of life as it exists. There are differences; live with it!

  22. Why do we worry about things we cannot change(The Past)… Racism seems to be the only thing that gets pulled up from talking about it so no one is really listening to each other’s argument,,, We need to be more concerned about right now(Where the past has brought us) because we have so much more to be worried about that’s going on TODAY!!!

  23. THE MOST INTELLIGENT EXPLANATION I HAVE YET HEARD,,PLEASE SEND ME A FRIENDS REQUEST, ,THANK YOU

  24. Caucasian has absolutely NOTHING to do with Arab and African countries. The closest Arab-like country to be considered Caucasian would be the dirty and disgusting Turks.

    Turks are regularly darker in skin color compared to the rest of the surrounding countries. Most Caucasian countries strongly follow Christianity while Turkey is an Islamic state and has committed Genocide on the Christian countries during the 20th century.

    Caucasian refers to the Caucus mountains, that run across or near Armenia, Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan and other nearby areas.

    Armenia and Turkey are located at foot of the caucus mountains, ethnically and geographically speaking they are the purest form of Caucasians and have almost no similarities to Arabs, Africans or any of the above mentioned.

    As an Armenian, this article is offensive as it neither mentions the countries surrounding the Caucus mountains, but also gives completely incorrect information.

  25. Euro-americans??! That’s the most stupidest thing I ever read, Americans real americans are called Anglo-Saxons, because they are descendants of the English, and then the rest of British races came along and settled, no Guido, no Antonio nor Hans, real whites and only whites are the British and the Scandinavians americans referred themselves as WASPS White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestants no Spaniard, Italian, Polish or German Catholics, except for the British and the Norsemen the rest are mongrels from lower sub races, end of the line!

  26. I can’t believe how long this lie is going to be spread and reestablished as fact when it is purely fiction. Race on earth is a singular entity. There are no different races. The entire construct of Race attributed to Blumenbach was even refuted several times by himself. His research was also wrought with bias and aesthetic rhetoric. The mapping of the genome has already proven many of his theories to be false. His studies were misused by 18th century slave traders to help convince people that Africans and Native Americans were less than human.

    So me knowing this makes this complete post about the difference between White and Caucasian ( a term created by Blumenbach after seeing the Caucus mountain ranges striking white peaks). We need to begin the end of racial speech by admitting and teaching the truth about Anthropology’s false beginnings. Race does not exist. Therefore all the things you attribute to the differences in race don’t exist.

  27. after wasting a lot of time reading all the comments here , you all are so stupid .. there is no human race , we were all placed her from different planets as an experiment by a higher more advanced being to see if beings from many different worlds could live together in piece . lmao !!!!!!!

  28. It’s interesting to read some of the things that has been posted! Some folks evolved some were created, some pop in as God’s chosen. I believe negroid, is an example of a aberiginal Africans. And proof of continued evolution! And folks are right that white is an advanced evolutionary state, I also contend with the Bible that shows a Devine DNA influx into the aberiginal people. That would explain examples of advanced Forms in places where prehistoric aberiginal examples dominate. Remember Eden was a protective compound created for Adam the son of man,and Eve created from DNA extracted from a rib bone! The Bible says Adam was the first MAN, not the first example of humanity! Otherwise when Kain slew Able he wouldn’t have worried about being killed by THEM, and good wouldn’t have said he had marked his visage. So Kain left banished to go where? The “KINGDOM of Nod” , where he married an aberiginal wife and became king! That was a documented influx of the Devine DNA into aberiginal humans that preexisted. When you argue that Africa was where humans began I say well it’s a moot argument. Sure aferca was where prehistoric aberiginal semientellegent primates evolved. The Devine DNA was never restricted to continent or planet! Read your Bible understand that God is a eternal conscious ballenced entity composed of holy energy that makes up everything universally, and dementionally . And man is a example of his creative energy on this planet. He took a portion of his Devine energy self and put a soap bubble of choice around that portion, giving us individualaliity to our soul! To guide us he gave the holy Spirit as a compass, that we named our conscience, guiding us through positive and negative circumstanctual life choices! It’s a personal choice to breed either mixing or with similar examples of ones DNA. It comes down to what attracts and how you want to contribute to the whole! Myself I claim Teutonic and I choose and IAM attracted to the same! To each your own. Make your life choices consciencious and choose with INTEGRITY!

  29. Wow. Reading through this thread is an excellent case study in how collectivist ideologies of all sorts breed nothing but chaos and evil. Literal collections of evil. Why would any human being feel the need to identify themselves with something other humans have or have not done, based only on the most apparent, immutable characteristics?

    To both the white and black supremacists, I would suggest the following: why don’t you ask yourselves instead “what have *I* done or not done that identifies me?”

    I posit that you will instantly erect a mental wall to guard against that question, because the most likely answer is inuitively uncomfortable and damaging to the ego. Thus the need to latch onto the identities of other individuals, by hook or by crook, prevails.

  30. Seriously, there are three races, Caucasian, Negroid, and Mongoloid. Whites are a sub-group of Caucasian. At this point a large percentage of humans are a mix of two or three races and of many subgroups.

    • Race is not real
      It’s a social construct
      CAucasian , negroid and mongoloid are made up human categories from the racist science era of johann blunenbach..No scientist today uses this terms
      Cause no DNA supports thOse ideas

  31. Caucasian is just a name given to a white skull .. its not a race
    It’s a made up idea by a skull collector, johann blumenbach.
    White is not a race either, it’s a status created by British colonies in the late 1600s in America…
    people are themselves with somebody’s ideas.. race was never biological, its been a social construct since the first census..
    The information about white and Caucasian being some type of difference is irrelevant cAuse both are made up human titles.

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