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.
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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, 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
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References in classic literature ?
Let it be remembered that in all southern states it is a principle of jurisprudence that no person of colored lineage can testify in a suit against a white, and it will be easy to see that such a case may occur, wherever there is a man whose passions outweigh his interests, and a slave who has manhood or principle enough to resist his will.
AL: In your opinion, what does it mean to be a person of Color in 2019?
"I find it striking that she's a person of color but maybe not dark enough," Borelli said.
Second, the knowledge the person of color is going to get about the meeting is a summary provided by the department chair.
"I know that, as the first minority or person of color appointed to the Supreme Court, people will have special expectations for me, in terms of leadership and mentorship, and I understand that.
Those drawn into the government dragnet as prime movers of the plot included Cuba's most celebrated free person of color, the poet Placido (Gabriel de la Concepcion Valdes), who suffered execution by firing squad.
In Kitchen Cooks, Plate Twirlers, and Troubadours, the WPA is a disgruntled, fatherly graduate student and savior, but the program administrator in these identities is never a person of color. While the stories presented in these collections remain relevant, they do not fully encapsulate the complexities of identity, power, politics, and socialized histories for people of color in (and entering) administrative positions, especially at predominantly white institutions.
"Sometimes a person of color will get feedback that sounds a lot like, "Gee, you are doing so well, why aren't you happy?
Chapter One summarizes Puerto Rico's history and begins to distinguish the free person of color in demographic, economic, and social terms.
"Of course as a person of color, I think about this.
In 2002 Smiley became the first "person of color" in the history of the United States to have his own daily show on NPR, and then, in 2004, become the first African-American to have his own daily show on PBS.
As in 2010, when he became the first person of color to win the world championship for Irish dancing--the highest honor in that small and close-knit world--and a group of male dancers in their 70s, all of them Irish, offered their congratulations.