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“The History of White People”: What it means to be white. In 2000, the Human Genome Project finally answered one of the most fundamental questions about race: What, if anything, is the genetic difference between people of different skin colors — black, white, Hispanic, Asian?

“The History of White People”: What it means to be white

The answer: nearly nothing. As it turns out, we all share 99.99 percent of the same genetic code — no matter our race — a fact that, geneticist J. Craig Venter claimed, proves that race is a “social concept, not a scientific one.” Mixed-race people are not beautiful. Isn’t the National Geographic that magazine that goes off to far-flung places and takes photos of unusual flowers, exotic birds, tribes “that hide from man”?

Mixed-race people are not beautiful

In other words, “The Other”? Am I supposed to look at these photographs of fellow mixed-race people and say: “Oh wow – how funny looking!” Apparently I am. Papua New Guinea. The people of New Guinea. Click here to view the original image of 640x960px.

The people of New Guinea

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Champlain himself has danced in tribal powwows and teaches his children that they are Narragansetts. Before I was white — Development Research Institute. Nell Irvin Painter is an African-American historian at Princeton.

Before I was white — Development Research Institute

I just finished her fascinating History of White People. The big story is what a slippery category "White" is, and how many today considered "White" used not to be. My German and Scots-Irish ancestors, some of whom probably arrived as indentured servants (i.e. temporary slaves), were called "guano" (birdsh*t) by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1851. Emerson of course placed Anglo-Saxon English at the top of the racial hierarchy. But my ancestors later made it into the top in solidarity against new waves of "black" Irish Catholic immigrants in the mid-19th century, considered to belong to the inferior Celtic race. Irish Catholics in turn were moved up into whiteness when the "swarthy" southern Europeans and eastern European Jews arrived in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

Painter ranges far and wide, detailing efforts to define the poor as a separate race, and poverty a hereditable condition. POV: InDivisible: The Story of Black Native American People. By Amanda Crabbe Comanche family, early 1900s.

POV: InDivisible: The Story of Black Native American People

Photo courtesy of Sam DeVenney. Native American Proverbs and Wisdom. When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us. - Arapaho If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come. - Arapaho Most of us do not look as handsome to others as we do to ourselves. - Assiniboine Those that lie down with dogs, get up with fleas. - Blackfoot In age, talk; in childhood, tears. - Hopi We always return to our first loves. - Tribe Unknown.

Native American Proverbs and Wisdom

Native American Quote's. Household management and Servants of the Victorian Era. In large establishments there are several house-maids and according to the number kept the actual work of the head house-maid may be determined being practically little if there be many, while her responsibilities are in inverse ratio.

Household management and Servants of the Victorian Era

She has not so much to do the work as to see that it is done, reserving the lighter and more important tasks for her own share. The best upper housemaids are those that have risen to the post, having thus had a good sound training and possessing a practical knowledge of how every household task should be performed. British Accents and Dialects. Wikimedia The United Kingdom is probably the most dialect-obsessed nation in the world.

British Accents and Dialects

With countless accents shaped by thousands of years of history, there are few English-speaking nations with as many varieties of language in such a small space. (NOTE: This page uses the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). For information about this notation, please visit my page of IPA Resources.) This Is What English Actually Sounded Like 500 Years Ago. 11 Things You May Not Know About Ancient Egypt — HISTORY Lists.

Ancient Egypt stood as one of the world’s most advanced civilizations for nearly 3,000 years and created a culture so rich that it has spawned its own field of study.

11 Things You May Not Know About Ancient Egypt — HISTORY Lists

But while Egyptian art, architecture and burial methods have become enduring objects of fascination, there is still a lot you probably don’t know about these famed builders of the pyramids. From the earliest recorded peace treaty to ancient board games, find out 11 surprising facts about the Gift of the Nile. 1. Cleopatra was not Egyptian.

Universal History Archive/Getty Images Along with King Tut, perhaps no figure is more famously associated with ancient Egypt than Cleopatra VII. 2. Giovanni Dall'Orto/Wikimedia Commons For over two centuries the Egyptians fought against the Hittite Empire for control of lands in modern day Syria.