What in the Dickens is a Caucasian, Anyway?
Anthropologist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach [1752-1840] erroneously postulated, about the turn of the 19th century, the origin of the “white race" as being from the Caucasus mountain region. Hence, the term Caucasian. In the U.S. one of the most common occurrences of the word was on census applications. In the mind of Blumenbach, as in the mind of many other early "scientists", there was a superior race, the Caucasian race.
So, contrary to other races, derogatory replacement terms were not coined, or at least they did not develop. We all know that was not the case for a number of the so-called races, or for that matter, nationalities. Many of these latter individuals have sought a change in terminology with time, called by some "political correctness". However, is it merely a matter of politics, or of the very fabric of Society?
Image Credit » Caucasus Mountain, Georgia - https://pixabay.com/en/caucasus-mountains-georgia-country-3110386/