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OK, here is my ranking, as a white guy and a Person of Substance...

1. Black
2. African American

Actually, a decade ago, before I met my wife, I would have reversed #1 and #2.

3. African

Likely to cause confusion, however. But the resulting discussion to clear up the confusion may well be bennifitial and educational.

4. Person of Color
5. Minority

Broader and more appropiate in a context where one wishes to identify more broadly. "Minority" is somewhat problematic, however. For example, by using it, are you grouping yourself with white South Africans (a minority) or with black South Africans (the majority)? In my wife's country, Colombia, (white) Spanish are a minority.

6. African African-American American
7. African African-American
8. African-American American

Sorry, JWC, but you know that I just couldn't resist.

9. Negro
10. Colored

Both of these terms are great if one wishes to convey the impression that they just woke up from a 40 year coma.

11. Spook
12. Coon
13. N****r

Actually, I've never heard the word "spook" to refer to blacks, but I'm assuming that it should be grouped here with the other two.
Black-------------Short, to the point, Anglo-Saxon


Spade-------------You left this out, my handle used to be Knave of Spades
Spook-------------I hear this so rarely it is more funny than anything else


African-----------A White person born and raised in Africa should know more about Africa than I do
Colored-----------Same as people of color with fewer syllables


Negro-------------Only KneeGrows try to use this as an insult now
Minority----------Meaningless White perspective. They are just another minority on the planet. And silly since women are called a minority whe they are actually the majority
'Of Color'--------I just had some paleface call me racist for using the term paleface.


Coon--------------Haven't hear thiss in a coon's age
African American--Same as Nigger NAZI
Nigger------------This is really disgusting because Black people use it so much


umbra
It's according to for who. If we are referring to me. . .

Black
Negro - Controversial, sure. But I find this term empowering. It reminds me of the Renaissance and progressive Black organizations.
People of color - Very useful term
Minority - Useful, although weird to use. Especially when referring to people in places where POC are majorities
African American
Colored - Antiquated, yet, eh
African



Nigger, coon, spook and all other offensive epithets don't belong on my list

If I were African American, the ethnicity, that would top the list. If I were born in Africa, that'd make the list African, African-American, Black, and so on as I have it.
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.
[quote]African
Black-who I am and my mindset

African American-I understand the term but find it technically challengeable

Negro-based on the way were were during this timeframe.

Colored-The way my almost 100 year-old grandma uses the term, endearingly.

Minority-means non-white but I also find the term to denote MINOR, as in insignificant.

**** try ya luck with me on these..see how it works for ya

Coon
Nigger
Spook
quote:
Originally posted by MBM:
Please rank these ten terms in order of your preference for them. Many of these are, no doubt, offensive, but it will be interesting to see the different ranks.

(in alphabetical order)

African
African American
Black
Colored
Coon
Minority
Negro
Nigger
'Of Color' - as in "people of color"
Spook


1. African
2. Black
3. African-American

(I WILL ONLY RESPOND TO THESE, AND I PREFER BLACK AMERICAN).

Offensive ones:

4. Colored (who the hell isn't "colored"? White people are peach/light-tan)
5. Minority (men and White people are worldwide Minorities, WHITE - MEN ought to be the last ones calling me a Minority)
6. Negro (do I call White people "Blancos"?)


ASS-KICKING WORDS

7. Nigger (if you're Black, don't dare use that unless I deserve it [ie. acting like CON-Feed], if you're non-Black, your ass is grass if you call me that)
8. Spook (although I personally think it sounds funny, you're dead if you use it)
9. Coon (THEY WON'T EVEN FIND YOUR BODY, I'LL BURY YOU NEXT TO JIMMY HOFFA)

lol
Almost too close to call:
African-American (I prefer the hyphen)
Black


(Close, but not too close to call)
African


Don't really use, but they don't bother me either:
'Of Color' - as in "people of color"
Minority


Colored (It implies to me that there's a standard, just plain person, and that we're not the standard archetype; a "Kind of" man, so I don't like it)

Negro (I don't like the term, but I'll use it as a derogatory term for blacks that I don't think act in our best interests...)

(The untouchables):
Nigger
Spook
Coon
quote:
Originally posted by MBM:
Please rank these ten terms in order of your preference for them. Many of these are, no doubt, offensive, but it will be interesting to see the different ranks.

(in alphabetical order)

African
African American
Black
Colored
Coon
Minority
Negro
Nigger
'Of Color' - as in "people of color"
Spook


black
african american
african
quote:
Originally posted by MBM:
Please rank these ten terms in order of your preference for them. Many of these are, no doubt, offensive, but it will be interesting to see the different ranks.

(in alphabetical order)

African
African American
Black
Colored
Coon
Minority
Negro
Nigger
'Of Color' - as in "people of color"
Spook


African American
Black

{These are the only two I identify with}

African
Minority
Colored/of color

{These terms don't describe me, so a person using these terms for me needs correction.}

Negro
Spook
Coon
Nigger

{Black folks who use these terms are self-loathing assholes. White folks who use these terms need a blanket party.} fro

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