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The word caucasian bugs me *update in red*

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Do you or the person you're referring to speak: Georgian, Armenian, Adyghe, Azeri or any other Caucasian languages?

Do you realize Middle Easterners and South Asians are also caucasoid not just Europeans?

If you are using Caucasian to mean white you are using the word wrong.


My father and I are caucasians.


Thank you for your interest. I will admit (and have admitted) this post was slightly trollish. I agree my above argument was ridiclous (though not more ridiculous than many things posted on cm). It was very interesting to read your responses regarding race, culture, etc...

I hope I was nice to everyone I replied to, It was not my intent to be mean to anyone, even though it's cafemom I actually do try to be respectful. I succeed 98% of the time. :)

by on Jan. 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM
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clp0930
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM



Quoting Leobaby2007:

South East Asians are not Caucasian. My husband is from India and he is Asian.

However, yes, I believe Middle Easterners are Caucasian.

When I lived in Grand Rapids, MI, people used to get confused between race and nationality all the time. I am Italian-American. Most of their ancestors were from Holland. They couldn't get over it lol. Lots of "Godfather" references- not to be mean, but to be funny and they were curious.

One day we were all filling out some standardized form which asked for our race. My best friend looked at me and asked, in all seriousness, which box I would check! She wasn't malicious, but merely curious. I laughed and told her I was just as white as she was- well maybe not just as white because she used to burn the minute we went in the sun lol, but just as Caucasian anyway. 

depends on the region, my husband is Punjabi (though from the way he forages for food I sometimes suspect he is really just a very smart bear who happens to hale from India). He is caucasian, but my Assamese friend is Asian. The point of the post is actually how idiotic people get when it comes to being overly politically correct, and also how many times those making racially charged arguments know next to nothing about the culture they're insulting.

We're also considering a spin-off as to whether or not the word moist is gross or not.

Leobaby2007
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 11:05 AM

 

Quoting clp0930:

 

 

Quoting Leobaby2007:

South East Asians are not Caucasian. My husband is from India and he is Asian.

However, yes, I believe Middle Easterners are Caucasian.

When I lived in Grand Rapids, MI, people used to get confused between race and nationality all the time. I am Italian-American. Most of their ancestors were from Holland. They couldn't get over it lol. Lots of "Godfather" references- not to be mean, but to be funny and they were curious.

One day we were all filling out some standardized form which asked for our race. My best friend looked at me and asked, in all seriousness, which box I would check! She wasn't malicious, but merely curious. I laughed and told her I was just as white as she was- well maybe not just as white because she used to burn the minute we went in the sun lol, but just as Caucasian anyway. 

depends on the region, my husband is Punjabi (though from the way he forages for food I sometimes suspect he is really just a very smart bear who happens to hale from India). He is caucasian, but my Assamese friend is Asian. The point of the post is actually how idiotic people get when it comes to being overly politically correct, and also how many times those making racially charged arguments know next to nothing about the culture they're insulting.

We're also considering a spin-off as to whether or not the word moist is gross or not.

 ^^^ LOL. I saw the posts about the word moist. Not my favorite word either!

My husband's family hails from Southern India originally- Mangalore, on the coast, but now they live in Mumbai. He eats beef- the only one in his family who does- he's the black sheep. Cute about your husband "foraging for food". I call mine the human vacuum cleaner because I can put any left over in the fridge and he will eat it. :-) Never gains much weight either- I'd hate him for it, except our son takes after him.

I've always considered him "Asian", since India is on the continent of Asia, not that it matters one bit. Like I mentioned- my ancestors come from Italy and somehow some people get confused and think "Italian" is a race and not a nationality.

My first husband was Hispanic, from Chile- but completely Caucasian, as his ancestors were from Italy, Spain and Russia and also Hispanic is NOT a race. Like you, it also drives me nuts how idiotic people are when it comes to this stuff, especially when they are hurling insults.

clp0930
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 1:02 PM



Quoting Leobaby2007:

 

Quoting clp0930:



Quoting Leobaby2007:

South East Asians are not Caucasian. My husband is from India and he is Asian.

However, yes, I believe Middle Easterners are Caucasian.

When I lived in Grand Rapids, MI, people used to get confused between race and nationality all the time. I am Italian-American. Most of their ancestors were from Holland. They couldn't get over it lol. Lots of "Godfather" references- not to be mean, but to be funny and they were curious.

One day we were all filling out some standardized form which asked for our race. My best friend looked at me and asked, in all seriousness, which box I would check! She wasn't malicious, but merely curious. I laughed and told her I was just as white as she was- well maybe not just as white because she used to burn the minute we went in the sun lol, but just as Caucasian anyway. 

depends on the region, my husband is Punjabi (though from the way he forages for food I sometimes suspect he is really just a very smart bear who happens to hale from India). He is caucasian, but my Assamese friend is Asian. The point of the post is actually how idiotic people get when it comes to being overly politically correct, and also how many times those making racially charged arguments know next to nothing about the culture they're insulting.

We're also considering a spin-off as to whether or not the word moist is gross or not.

 ^^^ LOL. I saw the posts about the word moist. Not my favorite word either!

My husband's family hails from Southern India originally- Mangalore, on the coast, but now they live in Mumbai. He eats beef- the only one in his family who does- he's the black sheep. Cute about your husband "foraging for food". I call mine the human vacuum cleaner because I can put any left over in the fridge and he will eat it. :-) Never gains much weight either- I'd hate him for it, except our son takes after him.

I've always considered him "Asian", since India is on the continent of Asia, not that it matters one bit. Like I mentioned- my ancestors come from Italy and somehow some people get confused and think "Italian" is a race and not a nationality.

My first husband was Hispanic, from Chile- but completely Caucasian, as his ancestors were from Italy, Spain and Russia and also Hispanic is NOT a race. Like you, it also drives me nuts how idiotic people are when it comes to this stuff, especially when they are hurling insults.

My husband woked in Mangalore for a few months before coming to the US, he won't eat beef or pork but he loves chicken which is funny since his family doesn't even eat egg.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 5 on Jan. 24, 2013 at 1:03 PM

well, asians are whitish yellow... so they are closer to white than mexicans

Leobaby2007
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 1:32 PM
Wow! Your husband's family really is completely "veg"!!!! My SILs will sometimes eat chicken, and egg is not off limits but NO beef. My husband loves steak. Oops.

Quoting clp0930:




Quoting Leobaby2007:

 


Quoting clp0930:






Quoting Leobaby2007:


South East Asians are not Caucasian. My husband is from India and he is Asian.


However, yes, I believe Middle Easterners are Caucasian.


When I lived in Grand Rapids, MI, people used to get confused between race and nationality all the time. I am Italian-American. Most of their ancestors were from Holland. They couldn't get over it lol. Lots of "Godfather" references- not to be mean, but to be funny and they were curious.


One day we were all filling out some standardized form which asked for our race. My best friend looked at me and asked, in all seriousness, which box I would check! She wasn't malicious, but merely curious. I laughed and told her I was just as white as she was- well maybe not just as white because she used to burn the minute we went in the sun lol, but just as Caucasian anyway. 


depends on the region, my husband is Punjabi (though from the way he forages for food I sometimes suspect he is really just a very smart bear who happens to hale from India). He is caucasian, but my Assamese friend is Asian. The point of the post is actually how idiotic people get when it comes to being overly politically correct, and also how many times those making racially charged arguments know next to nothing about the culture they're insulting.


We're also considering a spin-off as to whether or not the word moist is gross or not.


 ^^^ LOL. I saw the posts about the word moist. Not my favorite word either!


My husband's family hails from Southern India originally- Mangalore, on the coast, but now they live in Mumbai. He eats beef- the only one in his family who does- he's the black sheep. Cute about your husband "foraging for food". I call mine the human vacuum cleaner because I can put any left over in the fridge and he will eat it. :-) Never gains much weight either- I'd hate him for it, except our son takes after him.


I've always considered him "Asian", since India is on the continent of Asia, not that it matters one bit. Like I mentioned- my ancestors come from Italy and somehow some people get confused and think "Italian" is a race and not a nationality.


My first husband was Hispanic, from Chile- but completely Caucasian, as his ancestors were from Italy, Spain and Russia and also Hispanic is NOT a race. Like you, it also drives me nuts how idiotic people are when it comes to this stuff, especially when they are hurling insults.

My husband woked in Mangalore for a few months before coming to the US, he won't eat beef or pork but he loves chicken which is funny since his family doesn't even eat egg.



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mamabear0791
by Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Lol I always hate filling out forms that ask for that information. My ancestors are a mixed bunch - Welsh, Irish, Cherokee, German, Swedish, Apache, and Comanche, with maybe a bit of French thrown in for fun! I usually pick other or mixed, just ot mess up their statistics lol. 

I also hate to hear my fellow countrymen call themselves "Americans" and then in the same sentence call people from Canada or any other country on the two Americas something else. 

kitty8199
by Nicole on Jan. 24, 2013 at 1:53 PM
So what box am I supposed to check on the list then?
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grannie_kel
by Bronze Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Sorry it bugs you, but I am Caucasian (white).  I am not using the wrong word (see below).

Caucasian
Definition
Cau·ca·sian
ADJECTIVE 
1. 
white-skinned: relating to people who are light-skinned or of European origin
2. 
of former ethnic group: belonging to the light-skinned peoples of Europe, northern Africa, and western and southern Asia, formerly considered a distinct ethnic group ( not in technical use )
3. 
of Caucasia: relating to Caucasia, or its peoples, languages, or cultures
4. 
of languages of Caucasia: belonging to two unrelated language families spoken in the area around the Caucasus Mountains
NOUN 
Cau·ca·sians
plural
1. 
white person: somebody light-skinned or of European origin
2. 
member of former ethnic group: a member of the people formerly termed Caucasian ( not in technical use )
3. 
somebody from Caucasia: somebody who comes from Caucasia
4. 
languages of Caucasia: either of two unrelated language families spoken in the area around the Caucasus Mountains, Kartvelian or South Caucasian, and North Caucasian
clp0930
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 5:26 PM



Quoting grannie_kel:

Sorry it bugs you, but I am Caucasian (white).  I am not using the wrong word (see below).

Caucasian
Definition
Cau·ca·sian
ADJECTIVE 
1. 
white-skinned: relating to people who are light-skinned or of European origin
2. 
of former ethnic group: belonging to the light-skinned peoples of Europe, northern Africa, and western and southern Asia, formerly considered a distinct ethnic group ( not in technical use )
3. 
of Caucasia: relating to Caucasia, or its peoples, languages, or cultures
4. 
of languages of Caucasia: belonging to two unrelated language families spoken in the area around the Caucasus Mountains
NOUN 
Cau·ca·sians
plural
1. 
white person: somebody light-skinned or of European origin
2. 
member of former ethnic group: a member of the people formerly termed Caucasian ( not in technical use )
3. 
somebody from Caucasia: somebody who comes from Caucasia
4. 
languages of Caucasia: either of two unrelated language families spoken in the area around the Caucasus Mountains, Kartvelian or South Caucasian, and North Caucasian

read the whole post, the argument is supposed to be a tad ridiculous.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 6 on Jan. 24, 2013 at 5:28 PM
You do realize that not all Hispanics are Mexican, right?


Quoting Anonymous:

well, asians are whitish yellow... so they are closer to white than mexicans


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