Why We Need to Stop Saying ‘People of Color’ When We Mean ‘Black People’

It’s okay to call me Black. And if you feel it isn’t, I still insist that you do.

Joshua Adams
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Kerry James Marshall, “Knowledge and Wonder” (1995). Photo courtesy of Christie’s.

II understand why “people of color” has become a popular phrase. It allows for a kind of political solidarity between non-White citizens of the country and the rest of the world. It acknowledges how racism…

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Joshua Adams
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Joshua Adams is a writer from Chicago. UVA & USC. Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicago. Twitter: @ProfJoshuaA