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Could somebody explain what they mean by "white people"? As far as I know, many Latin-Americans are whites, as well as Arabs. What is the definition of "white people"? What are the criteria?

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by Melanchthon on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 04:12:37 PM EST
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They're probably referring to "non-Hispanic whites".

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by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 04:23:48 PM EST
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If so, they should say non-Hispanic, non-Arab, non-... white people.

I was not asking what they are referring to, but questioning the use of highly questionable categories.  

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by Melanchthon on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 04:42:42 PM EST
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For most people white equals everyone minus the darkies.

If you have to ask who the darkies are, you're probably one of them.

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by Starvid on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 08:09:47 PM EST
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If they are going by the census, people themselves choose what category they fall into.  No one decides you are "white" for you.  You have to pick.  That said, rather than be annoyed by the language, I find it annoying anyone cares who is white and who is colored.  They're made up categories few people completely fall into anyway.  Weird racial "science" nonsense.  I get the need for demographics, but the whole system of "I'm going to invent something called race, based on heritage (skin color), and now you have to choose when one best described your heritage (skin color), and then we'll see who has the most in their race.  Sound like fun?" is a product of white European hegemony.  

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by poemless on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 04:57:04 PM EST
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I find it annoying anyone cares who is white and who is colored. They're made up categories few people completely fall into anyway. Weird racial "science" nonsense.

That was exactly my point.

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by Melanchthon on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 05:04:06 PM EST
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The Census didn't make it up, society did. To a certain extent census categories solidify those definitions, on the other hand they exist and matter, so if we want to understand our society, we need to have data about them.
by MarekNYC on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 07:05:55 PM EST
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