Chapter 6: Johann Friedrich Blumenbach Names White People “Caucasian”






by Prof. Felicia Steele Editor’s note: Prof. Felicia Steele revives the Beyond Black and White Discussion group discussion of Dr. Nell Painter’s History of White People with this helpful introduction to this pivotal chapter which not only explains the origin of the term Caucasian as a synonym for European ancestry. Here is our overview of […]

History of White People, Chapter 5






The White Beauty Ideal as Science by Simona Brickers Chapter 5 served its own personal challenges within a social structure that speaks to convince all ethnicities that white skin is preferred. This topic escapes no one, instead it infects the mere grasping that one self is important in all ways that we emerged because we […]

History of White People Chapter 4






This is a part of an ongoing conversation sponsored by the Beyond Black and White discussion group. For more information about the book and discussion group see this page…  The Facebook discussion for this chapter is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1082280655149444/ Broaching chapter 4 surfaces mixed emotions, some confusing and others resistance.  I can admit my naivety about the […]

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The History of White People, Chapter 3






This post on Chapter 3 of Nell Painter’s book, The History of White People, is part of an online book chat sponsored by the Beyond Black and White Facebook discussion group. For more information on the book and the Beyond Black and White book club, follow this link. Many thanks to Simone L. Brickers, for […]

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The History of White People, Chapter 2






Professor Painter begins this chapter with the statement: “What we can see depends heavily on what our culture has trained us to look for.” She goes on to talk about how the Romans began to differentiate further among people who had formerly been known as “Celts” or “barbarians.”  But how might this statement challenge us […]