CounterPunch and Human Biodiversity
- Europeans (“Caucasians”) are not the only light-skinned people on the planet. My Japanese wife places her forearm next to mine and says, “See? They’re the same.” And our arms are, in fact, similar, at least color-wise. Europeans, from their first contacts with Japanese in the 1540s to at least the early 1800s, routinely described Japanese as well as Chinese as “white.” Marco Polo in the late 1200s had described the Chinese as “white.”
I remember around the age of five categorizing all non-black people as white, being some 35 years ahead of the "Out of Africa, with Benefits" theory.