I dont understand why people from North Africa, the middle east, and even parts of south and central asia, are considered white. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediterranean_race Heres another chart from Wikipedia (the red and pink on the map show areas where whites live.) Some people say that people in southern europe are olive skinned, but are still considered white, but most Italians I know (with a few exceptions) dont even look remotely middle eastern, even the ones who are olive skinned. And while some Turkish people look European, for the most part, people who live in Europe and people who live in North Africa/middle east look nothing alike. And, the reason that some (a few, most of them dont )southern europeans look olive skinned, is because middle eastern countries invaded parts of Europe hundreds of years ago, and there is a mixture of genes in that region. It's not because Europeans (who are white) naturally look that way. I do not mean this question in a racist way at all. It's simply a question about why certain people in certain regions are racially classified a certain way. Here are a few google photos of people from Egypt (egyptians are arabs, who are considered white), and yemen, and people from israel. I dont see why are they considered white, since they look nothing like Europeans, even southern europeans.