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Difference Between White and Caucasian

White vs Caucasian

White and Caucasian are terms that have been widely termed as the same. But it is only a misconception. A White is never called as Caucasian whereas a Caucasian can be called as white.

When comparing the two races, Caucasian is a larger race when compared to the other. The Caucasian race consists of North Africans, Arabs, Whites, Somalians, some people in India and Ethiopians. On the other hand, white are mostly people who belong to Europe.

It should also be noted that though people in North Africa and South Asia can be technically called as Caucasian, they are not considered so as they have darker features.

The main difference between White and Caucasian is related to the skin colour. When compared to the Caucasian, the white people have a lighter skin. Unlike the white people, the Caucasian people have thin noses and thin lips.

The concept of white race or white people originated in the 17th century. The term was coined mainly to differentiate the white from the dark skinned people. But the reference of white race or white people can be traced to Greco-Roman ethnography.

It was only in the recent time that the concept of Caucasian originated. The term can be traced to the 19th century and has been derived from a region of the Caucasus Mountains. German scientist and anthropologist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach is credited with the development of the term Caucasian in 1800.

In terms of the races, it is said that the Caucasian race is far superior to the White. But this was always a thing of dispute as the white considered themselves as more superior.

Summary
1. When comparing White and Caucasian, the latter one is a larger race.
2. The Caucasian race consists of North Africans, Arabs, Whites, Somalians, some people in India and Ethiopians. On the other hand, white are mostly people who belong to Europe.
3. When compared to the Caucasian, the white people have a lighter skin. Unlike the white people, the Caucasian people have thin noses and thin lips.
4. The concept of white race or white people originated in the 17th century. But the reference of white race or white people can be traced to Greco-Roman ethnography.
5. The term Caucasian originated in the 19th century and has been derived from a region of the Caucasus Mountains. German scientist and anthropologist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach is credited with the development of the term Caucasian in 1800.


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16 Comments

  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”.

  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.

    • 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.

  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.

  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.

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