What is considered "white" in America is those of Northern European/Germanic descent. Greeks came from Middle-Eastern/Semetic descent - different skin tone, etc... Only in our movies are Greeks portrayed as white. We are also often fooled by the ruling class. Just as in modern Mexico, the ruling class is white, from Spain (same royal families as England, Germany, etc...). We know Mexicans as the darker-skinned natives and those mixed with European genes (Hispanic).
There is even a difference between pale-skinned people in Northern Europe. I am a Caucasian, not white. I come from Scandanavians that lived on top of the glaciers for 100,000 years and 20,000 years ago after the ice age settled East and North of what is now Germany, white people to the West.
Here's how I often comment to tell if someone is white or not: If you come from people and nations who took slaves, "colonized" foreign lands and stole their resources, were constantly involved in wars to meld royal families, and forced your religion by threat of death, you are white. However, your people were also great inventors, explorers, scientists, and innovators. So, it's a push.
"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain
Want DP delivered to your inbox daily? Subscribe here: