2. A term used briefly in the early years of the 20th century by anthropologists to refer to the race of human beings that inhabits Europe, Iran, parts of Central Asia, and the north of the Indian Sub-Continent. This use of the word derives from the theory that all of these populations ultimately originate in the Caucasus region. The word has passed out of common use in academic circles, but is still used in North American English to refer to ethnic Europeans - ironically because of this the largest groups considered to be Caucasians, the inhabitants of South Asia and Iran, would not be considered as such under this definition.
2. "The suspect is a Caucasian male, considered dangerous, proceed with caution."
A Mexican woman being called Dominican, even though she is Mexican.
A Peruvian being called Puerto Rican, even though they are Peruvian.
A Palestinian being called Israeli, even though they are Palestinian.
A German being called Caucasian, even though they are German.
THERE IS A DIFFRENCE.
etc, etc, etc.
"The term Caucasian race or Caucasian is used to refer to people whose ancestry can be traced back to Europe, North Africa, West Asia, South Asia and parts of Central Asia. It was once considered a useful taxonomical categorization of human racial groups based on a presumed common geographic and/or linguistic origin.
"In the United States, it is currently used primarily as a distinction loosely based on skin color alone for a group commonly referred to as Whites, as defined by the American government and Census Bureau. In Britain, "Caucasian" follows the North American definition, but in continental Europe, "Caucasian" currently refers exclusively to people who are from the Caucasus. However, it is rare and becoming increasingly politically incorrect in Britain to categorise people as Caucasian because of the vagueness of its definition.citation needed Many South Asians in Britain could be categorised as Caucasian as well. For this reason 'White-European' is preferred for categorising white people as it is more specific.citation needed
"The term itself derives from measurements in craniology from the 19th century, and its name stems from the region of the Caucasus mountains, itself imagined to be the location from which Noah's son Japheth, traditional Biblical ancestor of the Europeans, established his tribe prior to its migration into Europe.
"Caucasoid is a term used in physical anthropology to refer to people falling within a certain range of anthropometric measurements.
"In New Zealand the term Caucasian is used most frequently in police offender descriptions. Pâkehâ, European New Zealander, or simply New Zealander (although in theory this should include all New Zealanders) is more common in general language".
*Jewish people are also caucasian, so the #9 definition is incorrect beginning in the first sentence alone.
In the 1800's, craniology was used to define racial groups. The archetypal skull for the 'white race' was found in Georgia. Based on this 'scientific' evidence, & some less objective criteria, the German anthropologist Blumenbach used the term ‘Caucasian Race’, to refer to white people, stating, 'I have taken the name of this variety from Mount Caucasus…because its neighborhood…produces the most beautiful race of men.' (Funny that German scientists are always on the looking to prove just how special a race they are. see Aryan)
A broad definition of the term CAN have a practical application, distinguishing a 'white' person (European, MidEastern, North African &some Central/South Asians) from people with distinctly East Asian or African features.
Some use a narrow definition to mean blond&blue eyed (Nordic features, tho not all Nordic ppl are blond) By this defi most Italians, French, Greeks, Turks, are....black? brown?
And the word looses any practical purpose in distinguishing people physically, but retains the greater goal of making Germans feel special.
"Even though your ancestors are from the Caucasus and you have blue eyes and blond hair you're not Caucasian or white" (true story by the way!)
German to an Iranian:
"You're not Aryan you're from Iran...!!!"
"Person 2: No, he's not Asian, you can clearly see his penis. He must be CaucAsian."