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Anonymous asked in Social ScienceSociology · 1 month ago

How did “white” and “Caucasian” become an “ethnicity” rather than race?


Was this done to promote racial segregation, which may be a good thing except that it sort of emphasises a quandary Australian society finds itself in.

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    because too many americans "could careless" about "there" semantics.

    The 17th century hypothesis that humans come in  a handful of genetically distinct races, and that "caucasian"is one of them, was proven wrong around 1950, when scientists started looking at actual DNA.

    All humans alive are the same race.

    "White" and "caucasian" never really were ethnicities. Some people just mistakenly act like "ethnicity" is a PC word for race or skincolour.

    Ethnicity is the language and culture, in other words the NON-genetic things that are mainly passed-on from parent to child. You can belong to several ethnic groupings at the same time

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