Originally Posted by Gudenrath
I don't get this obsession with race that some people seems to have.
I am equally, but this isn't about race in the typical sense, it's far more focused on ethnology, which is about as human as you can get. People simply like to understand who they are as an identity, there's nothing wrong with this in and of itself.
It is about ones heritage. Which is why I don't think in the multi cultural future words like white or even european will be used. It's so much of a loaded term it will not fit, aside from that it's doubtful that people will associate appearance with nationality. If this is the case it would seem entirely likely that people will still want to refer to their family background. Just as a native american is different from than say a asian american despite being similar in an appearance I have a feeling there will be something similar in the future.
Words like frankish and celtic would seem like good options as there as vague and far removed from a true racial or national identity as you can get. As they have a history of being misused in different cultures.
Frankish, can mean French, Merovingians, or simply european as it meant to the arabs.
Christian is useful because it has more to do with a culture and a mindset. If people will look on our past as a product of a christian civilization it's a useful term to denote a specific culture that transcends race, yet obviously has strong ethnological and historical undertones.
Westerner is already in use in many ways. Assumes the afro eurasian peninsula as the center of the word which I think is entirely fair. Again has a strong historical significance and at the same time is vague enough for multiple uses.
The same with celtic, referring to a language, six nations, the historical back ground of most of western europe, or nearly all of europe outside of rome and greece.
The fact that these words have such varied uses would suggest they have a versatility that allows for future use.The problem with this kind of talk is when people try to make rigid exclusive terms like Caucasian that don't flow with the migrations of people.