person of color


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person of color

n. pl. people of color also persons of color
A person who has a racial identity other than white.
Usage Note: Dissatisfaction with nonwhite as a comprehensive racial label has likely contributed to the recent popularity of terms formed with the phrase of color, as in person of color, woman of color, or students of color. By substituting a positive formulation for a negative one, these terms recast the notion of not being white as an affirmation of common identity or shared experience among people of widely varying ethnicities. It is interesting that the almost exclusive association in American English of colored with black does not carry over to terms formed with "of color," which are used inclusively of all groups other than those of European origin. See Usage Notes at colored, nonwhite.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.person of color - (formal) any non-European non-white person
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
formality - compliance with formal rules; "courtroom formality"
people of color, people of colour, colour, color - a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)
Black person, blackamoor, Negro, Negroid, Black - a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
Asian, Asiatic - a native or inhabitant of Asia
Amerindian, Native American - any member of the peoples living in North or South America before the Europeans arrived
wog - (offensive British slang) term used by the British to refer to people of color from Africa or Asia
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Yet the latest academic view is one of "privileged social identities" that only a person of color can "know" what being marginal--in the minority--means (see David S.
I plan to tell my story of discrimination and bias to every person of color with whom I come in contact, encouraging them to leave this out-of-step Democratic Party and become a Green," she said.
Whites cannot fully comprehend the experience of a person of color and the day-to-day racism, subtle and overt, which is part of his/her daily norm.
There seldom was even a mention of a person of color, unless that individual was involved in a crime against the White Establishment.
Only one broadcast editorialist is a person of color, for example.
This book relates the stories of two remarkable men: Andre Calloux, a slave-born Creole who became a free person of color, an artisan, and a Civil War hero; and Claude Paschal Maistre, a white priest who was "the only Catholic cleric in New Orleans to publicly advocate abolition and equal rights for blacks" (95).
The Chicks examine such factors as The Brotha Rule: how soon the black male character dies; STS, or Spot the Spot: finding the lone person of color in a film; and most important, The Black Factor: the commentary on relevance to black culture, history or sociology.
I experienced discrimination in my working years, first as a person of color and second as a woman.
Until 1905 (when yellow fever last was present in force in the USA) in none of the States of the Old Confederacy was any person of color found on a state board of health.
I personally believe that most of the time a person of color convicted of a crime actually did it--as I believe most other people convicted are guilty.
Andre Cailloux's experience as a person of color was fairly typical.
When you have a company of 58,000 people, whether you're a person of color, a woman, a man, white male, whatever you might be, and everybody believes they all have a chance to achieve what they choose to achieve, I think that creates a terrific environment.

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