Is or is not the phrase "of color" almost or just as out of date as the word "colored"?
Was listening to a bit on 'NPR about the Boston police supervisor who is alleged to treat black officers differently than white. The broadcaster used the term "officers of color". I'm just wondering if that is out-dated and off-putting or even...
What does the hubpages community think?
From the friends I know, its more of an annoyance than it is anything that would infuriate. Preference is different depending on the individual, though.
Some folks prefer to be called "black"- simply because the African-American nomenclature leaves out so many Americans that consider themselves culturally black but are from different nationalities. Others like African American. I'm sure of color is alright to some people as well.
The truth is, the labels we come up with for races are descriptive of physical features and are often ill-fitting of the super-blurry (and continuously merging) cultural boundaries we have.
It looks like soon, we may just all be individuals.
I look forward to that day.
I think the terms "of color" and "colored" are just plain silly. Does this mean that other races are transparent???
by mosaicman 7 years ago
It is ok for African Americans to use it in context between their friends. They may be careful in using it in public around others they do not know (especially if someone feels uncomfortable hearing the word). Is it ok for white people to use the word.... never!
by mimisays 9 years ago
I fear I am the only one...I know my reasons, I would love to know yours.... What do you say to people who assume you voted for him because you are black?
by SOBF 8 years ago
Why White Americans who claim to be color blind like to write about African Americans?This is something I've never really understood. They will always start their blog with some example of black people they know and then go on a rant about how black people do this or African Americans do that....
by deb douglas 7 years ago
say anything in three words using the last word of the previous hubIll begin with ---Where's the cat? next would be--cat in hat
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