Actually Caucasian does not necessarily mean white. According to many dictionaries it is:

Anthropology Of or being a human racial classification distinguished especially by very light to brown skin pigmentation and straight to wavy or curly hair, and including peoples indigenous to Europe, northern Africa, western Asia, and India.
Originally Posted by Alexjoujou
That's interesting..I've never seen that definition. It sounds kinda *funny* though...I have light brown skin which I joke is beige b/c...well...it is...I'm a hair darker than my mom (she's Irish/English). And I also obviously have curly hair. But I wouldn't refer to myself as white/caucasian. That seems laughable for me.

I learned that a lot of Indians ID as white a few yrs ago. I was suprised since many of them are a lot darker than me.
Originally Posted by MixedUpCurlyChick
Alex is correct. Caucasian doesn't refer to just "white" people. There are many Indians with "black" or light to medium dark brown skin. I think that somewhere over the years Caucasian became synonymous with white skin. Usually, at least in America, white on an ID form refers to someone who would be socially white. Many Indians will put down Asian, although in America Asian tends to refer to central Asians.

Outside of white and black America, most people use a combination of hair texture, facial features, body type and skin color to describe racial characteristics, instead of just skin color.
Originally Posted by multicultcurly
Right. I wasn't trying to refute that. I was saying I wouldn't refer to myself as either white or caucasian. I rarely even use the word "caucasian." I actually didn't mean to use them interchangeably above. I know that racial classifications differ by group and/or country. I was just saying that I wouldn't refer to a very dark skinned person as "white." It doesn't make sense to me. People of course, can identify however they wish.