The latest, always a sign of stupidity in its users, is the “women of colour” absurdity. We certainly never hear “men of colour”, its usage being the domain of lightweight fad – following females. Everyone is “of colour”. If they weren’t they’d be invisible. Even those without skin pigment, specifically albinos are “of colour”, in their case snow white.
Related to that is the constant representation of Chinese as non-white. In a recent article on Chinese kids’ eye-problems (too much studying apparently) the ‘Economist’ compared their statistical incidence of this affliction with “white 17 year olds in Britain”. Urban Chinese have the whitest skin of any race, solely because of snobbishness, they associating brown skin with peasantry and thus they avoid the sun.
The irony of this article is it was accompanied by a photo of a Chinese class-room, all the teenage kids shown with heads down reading. More salient, all wore short sleeve tops revealing almost snow-white arms.
For the record the natural human colouring for all humans is white. When our first ape ancestors descended from the trees and eventually stood upright on the ground, doubtless to gibbering warnings from the conservatives staying behind, gutless conservativism having temporarily blocked human progress ever since, they soon began venturing out into open spaces. Away from the continuous shade of their former tree habitat and into the sun, over time their fur stopped growing, they no longer needing its warmth provision, thus exposing their white skin. And again over time, the skin darkened to protect it from the sun.
As any anthropologist or scientist will tell you, skin colour is a direct reflection of the degree of sun exposure. Far too much is made of it. Bang 10,000 tiny black African pigmies in Sweden and DNA historic evidence says in about 5,000 years or so, they’ll become 6ft blue-eyed blondes. So too the reverse.