reply to post by smyleegrl
Race is a social myth. It does not exist. There is only an ethno-cultural and genetic gradient that loops and swirls around the globe from one society
to the next.
Whatever bureaucracy has attempted to codify any formal racial stratification in our society has done so poorly and with a sort of echo effect back
into these same imagined categories.
Caucasian is about as loosely understood as you can get. It could someone from Portugal, someone from Vladivostok, someone from Mecca, from Tehran,
from London or New Delhi. Those are all "Caucasian" peoples, yet the truth is that North Africans and Iberians have varying degrees of "African"
genes mixed in. Arabs also have some mixture that also involves "Asian-type" peoples as well as "African". Russians and Poles also have
"Asian-type" Mixtures, along with many Scandinavians. The Iranians and Indians have varying degrees of "Asian-type" mixed in. Many Indians also
appear to have the "First Wave" mixed in as well (the darker skin tones that lead to "darker skinned Asians" in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, the
Philippines and beyond).
African-American is perhaps the better terminology, because they are a mix of Sub-Saharan African and "Caucasian-American" mixtures. They are not
"African" - insofar as African is also not any "one" thing and for the most part, African-Americans, especially light-skinned African-Americans,
are bi-racial by default. The term African-American, for most of that group, does define a bi-racial, bi-cultural identity.
American-Indian (aka, Amerindian; aka, Native American; sometimes grouped with Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander) is another doozy. You are talking
about people in from many different ethnic backgrounds, traversing many different "colonization events" of the Americas and also parsing in peoples
who came from a completely different track (pacific islanders) who happen to have similar physiognomic features, though due to different underlying
Asian (look at the Caucasian paragraph above, and reverse it, add in the following
includes those people of Chinese descent, though also including
Pacific Islanders who mixed with the "First Wave" (Considering the peoples of Borneo or Australia). Where do Turks fit in here? How about
Hungarians? And so-called South Asians / Indians, who are also Caucasian.
There is no "race", there are only poorly defined groupings based on historio-cultural legacies and pseudo-science.
So, personally, the school making use of such terminology really does nothing for me other than to prop-up - to a greater (leaving "bi-racial" in)
or lesser degree (taking "bi-racial" out) - a basically farcical position of human division.