[APG Public List] Re: [APG Members] "caucasian" instead of "white"

Michael Hait michael.hait at hotmail.com
Sun Dec 6 16:13:51 MST 2009

That reminds me of an American newscast from a few years ago in which the anchor referred to Britain's "African-American population" -- referring to British natives, not American transplants.

From: Craig Kilby 
Sent: Sunday, December 06, 2009 6:06 PM
To: Rolgeiger at aol.com 
Cc: apgpubliclist at apgen.org ; apgmembersonlylist at apgen.org 
Subject: Re: [APG Members] "caucasian" instead of "white"


You have to take all of this in the context of the time at which it was written. Recently, I have found Nelson Mandela and a Kenyan athlete described as :African-American. Just what that is supposed to mean is anyone's guess.

Craig Kilby

On Dec 6, 2009, at 3:55 PM, Rolgeiger at aol.com wrote:


  Reading the "Declaration of the Intention" of a woman from 1917 she states:

  color white
  complexion fair

  I read that: 
  color of skin: white
  color of face: "fair" = bright?

  Or what is the difference? And why is there a difference?

  From a friend I learned that today they take "caucasian" instead of "white" for color of skin.

  Can someone tell me the reason for that?

  Thanks a lot in advance. 

  Roland Geiger, St. Wendel, Germany

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