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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Another question. These two individuals have almost exactly the same skin tone, and even look somewhat alike. Yet they are often considered as belonging to two separate ethnicities. If you didn't already know the answer, do you think you could tell which is "white" and which is "Arab"? If not, I would suggest that this demonstrates that ethnicity is based more on cultural perception than it is on physical characteristics...
    Today's Arabs are a mixture of ancient Arabs, Berbers, Turks, Circassians, Bosnians, Kurds, Egyptians, Assyrians, and many other groups that converted to Islam. This is why some Arabs have light skin, light eyes...and even blond hair.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Invisible View Post
    Dear White People,


    Unless you are from the Caucasus region or can trace your ancestry back there (Caucasus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) you are not a Caucasian. Being of Germanic, Italian, English, Irish,etc. descent does not make you a Caucasian. Please stop saying that you are.


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    you are right, Caucasian is a silly term. Its based on a faulty premise that "the white race" originated in the Caucusas region. A more appropriate term would be "European".

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    you are right, Caucasian is a silly term. Its based on a faulty premise that "the white race" originated in the Caucusas region. A more appropriate term would be "European".
    So we have a complaint equal to that of the Indians.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    you are right, Caucasian is a silly term. Its based on a faulty premise that "the white race" originated in the Caucusas region. A more appropriate term would be "European".
    Not all ethnic groups who would be classified as caucasian have their roots in Europe, the Caucasus region is split betweew europe and asia, and you have the arabic and persian ethnic groups who developed outside of Europe

    Caucasian is just a new version of stating caucasoid, probably in use because of the negative connotations involved with negroid and mongoloid terms
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    Not all ethnic groups who would be classified as caucasian have their roots in Europe, the Caucasus region is split betweew europe and asia, and you have the arabic and persian ethnic groups who developed outside of Europe

    Caucasian is just a new version of stating caucasoid, probably in use because of the negative connotations involved with negroid and mongoloid terms
    you know, I was about to say that using the term "European" rather than Caucasian make sense, as white folks clearly developed white skin in Europe.

    but the fact is that many primates have white skin under their dark hair, rendering such an argument void.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    but the fact is that many primates have white skin under their dark hair, rendering such an argument void.


    You don't think the loss of hair while evolving in Africa had anything to do with needing melanin in the skin?
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post


    You don't think the loss of hair while evolving in Africa had anything to do with needing melanin in the skin?
    I am not an Evolutionary Biologist, so me no know.

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Reading all of this I still have a question. Say I moved to a European country and became a citizen there. I walked around wearing my arait cowboy boots, blue jeans, white t shirt, listened to country music, and talked like however people from Colorado talk, I think I would be known as "American" despite being a citizen of a different country. What would the group, "American", be called that people would be associating me with if not ethnicity?

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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by drz-400 View Post
    Reading all of this I still have a question. Say I moved to a European country and became a citizen there. I walked around wearing my arait cowboy boots, blue jeans, white t shirt, listened to country music, and talked like however people from Colorado talk, I think I would be known as "American" despite being a citizen of a different country. What would the group, "American", be called that people would be associating me with if not ethnicity?
    National stereotype.

    I could go to Europe, do all that and they'd call me American, despite my not being so.
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    Re: Is American an Ethnicity?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    National stereotype.

    I could go to Europe, do all that and they'd call me American, despite my not being so.
    But if first generation immigrant moved to another country after being an American citizen for 2 years most people would not give them this stereotype, so it obviously has more than just nationality to do with it.

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