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Reply to "Rank The Terms"

1) African American: It's who I am.

2) Black: It's what I was brought up with.

3) African: It speaks to where I'm from.

4) Negro, Colored: These are what my parents were brought up on. Neither were understood to be offensive from the standpoint of the caller or the called.

4) 'Of Color' - as in "people of color": It's weak, but expresses a physical as well as experiential separateness.

5) Minority: I've always hated this term as a descriptor of a people. It's inherently disempowering. But unlike the following, it's not intended to be an out-right slur.

6) Nigger, Coon, Spook: No comment necessary.
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