Should fair featured non-European descent people be considered white?

There are lots of people in the Caucasus, in Turkey, in the Levant and even in North Africa who have fair features. There are also people in South Asia (like the Kalash of Afghanistan) who have fair features. Would they be judged by their individual features as "white" or non-white based on the greater population from which they originate? Of course, I am not including people such as blond Aboriginals or Mongolians, as the racial differences are more than skin color in those cases.

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Jews, many Indians, Pakistanis and Middle Easterners are classified as Caucasians, or Indo-Europeans. They have a common ancestor who evolved in Europe about 40,000 years ago, after that ancestor migrated out of Africa 60,000 years ago and then settled for about 20,000 years in Central Asia. Fair complexion is an adaptation for cold climates, since cold weather require clothing to stay warm, and clothing blocks out the sun. Sunlight or UV light is needed to synthesize vitamin D in mammals, and vitamin D is needed to help absorb calcium from the food. Calcium is need for strong bones and teeth. Light skin allows more UV light to be absorbed, to avoid broken or deformed bones, which can happen if there is a vitamin D shortage.

    North Asians like the Chinese, Japanese and Koreans have light skin for the same reason, even though they are not close relatives of Indo-Europeans.

  • not
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Only victims and villains are desired. These people will be stereotyped as needed.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Fortunately, not everyone judges people on the colour of their skin.

    Intelligent people don't care whether someone is white or black or any shade in between.

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