Then there's the notion that non-whites haven't made worthy contributions to civilization. Leave aside that by not counting Italians (sorry, Galileo and Da Vinci!), East Europeans (sucks for you, Copernicus!) or Jews (Einstein? Good riddance) as white, you're bequeathing many of the glories of civilization to non-whites. But even with the most expansive definition of "white" possible, how do we account for the fact that Chinese, Ottoman and Arab societies were leaps and bounds ahead of Europe for centuries? The Chinese invented the compass, paper, movable type, mechanical clocks, iron smelting and countless other innovations when "white" Europe was a barbaric backwater. And let's not forget that Christianity is a cultural import from that great melting pot that was the Middle East.