Re: Sociology Question
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Most people that you could call white are originally from europe. So while we may be white we also can be european. Correct???
true. But limiting the identifier to just a continent or general geographical area doesn't really provide much of a description beyond basic features like skin color or general body structure. In the context of sociology, as stated in the OP, simply calling someone white or European or the even more general Caucasian doesn't tell you anything about someone. Irish people tend to look a lot different than Greeks, for example. There are differences between Koreans and Chinese, even though they are both Asian. Compare Nigerians with South Africans (the black kind) and you'll find similar differences, despite them both being African. The differences are as superficial as skin tone, facial structure and body type and extend all the way down to culture, religion, language and even thoughts and feelings which are based on an upbringing and education within the differing cultures for example the stereotypes of the boring Englishman and the passionate Italian.
But I would go a step further and say that ethnicity is only part of the equation and we have to place even more emphasis on nationality/citizenship. Despite our obsession in this country with heritage and having "pride" therein, there's a hell of a difference between a 3rd generation Greek American and someone who has lived their whole life in Greece. Perhaps not on the DNA level, assuming a "pure bred" pedigree, but certainly enough in culture alone to consider them to be entirely separate people.
It was always entertaining to watch the Soprano's and see Tony and his guys going on and on about their Italian heritage only to be dismissed by real Italians when they were in Italy. To see the stark contrasts between "Italian" and "American Guido" is a great lesson in sociology despite the show being fiction.