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Thread #38150   Message #536192
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
27-Aug-01 - 02:29 PM
Thread Name: BS: Early Visitors to North America
Subject: RE: BS: Early Visitors to North America
Thread drift alert (but I didn't start it): Caucasians? I doubt if any Caucasians made to America until late in the 19th century.

Yeah, I know this weird term is still used in America to mean people whose ancestors mostly came from Europe. But it reeks of 19th century pseudo-science, when they were busy inventing racial classifications as a way of underpinning racist policies.

I doubt if many black Americans would appreciate having the generic term "Ethiopians" pinned on them - and if anyone ever refers to me as a Caucasian that's how I feel. (And I imagine people hailing from Ethiopia and the Caucasus would resent this barbarism even more.)