History of politically correct terms for Black Americans

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In chronological order:

  • Negro
  • Colored (see NAACP)
  • Black
  • Afro-American
  • African-American
  • Person of Color

Even though all of these terms mean the same thing, some are now deemed offensive. Over time, especially in conservative circles, Americans have been moving to a color-blind society, where achievement matters and race is irrelevant. Moving against this trend is the rise in affirmative action.