Margaret L. Andersen and Patricia Hill Collins, “Systems of Power and Inequality” (via wretchedoftheearth)
This is why I don’t say “caucasian” anymore.
Also the category was pretty much a tool for the US government to keep POC from becoming citizens and supporting white supremacy.
I think I’ve also read something about how, oops, turns out the people from the Russian Caucasus weren’t even white. I’ll have to go back and look for that later.
Indeed. The Caucasus mountain range includes over 50 ethnic groups and the countries of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Iran - and many from those countries are people of color.
Also, even if the term has lost its original meaning in the West, it’s still used as a “safe” alternative to naming whiteness. It’s similar to how white people will hesitate and say “African-American” instead of “Black”, because they subconsciously see Blackness as a negative. By using “Caucasian” instead of “white”, the act of naming race, and the privilege that comes with that race, is softened.
This is also why i hate that Kill Bill gif set where Lucy Lui says “Silly Caucasian girl likes to play with swords”. WHITE GIRL. WHITE.