We're getting into a unit on race in sociology. Today, once again, my teacher said that the word Caucasian is made up! He then said that he would talk about the reason why later.....He never did.:|
Why are Caucasians always called whites? Blacks are frequently called African Americans. Asians are frequently called Asian Americans. Hispanics are sometimes called Hispanic Americans. Why can't whites be more frequently called European Americans?
My sociology book irritates me with this terminology use.
Examples from the book:
There is a chart that has data on the percentage of 12th grade students based on race on certain extracurricular activities, such as cheerleading and sports. The racial categories are White, African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and American Indian.
A bar graph shows the rate of tobacco use among three racial groups among high school and middle school kids in 2002.
The racial categories are White, African American, and Hispanic.
A question below the graph says:
In which group of students is tobacco use the highest?
a. White high schoolers
b. African American middle schoolers
c. Hispanic high schoolers
d. Middle schoolers of all races.
Next, here is a sentence from a paragraph centering on rural poverty.
The sentence: African American, Hispanic, and American Indian families are more than twice as likely as white families to be poor.
Another sentence in another part of the book talking about ethnic relations in Great Britain: Violent clashes between groups of white people and South Asians left hundreds injured and caused damage estimated in the millions of dollars.
Um...They should be called English people or British people, not white people, which is vague.
I know that I'm probably making a bigger deal out of this than it needs to be, but minor crap like this makes me want to burn my sociology book. I'm not offended by the term white, I just want a formal term for whites being used more frequently, since we do it for non-whites, too.