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Colored People / People of Color[edit]

These are both rather stupid phrases. They imply that caucasians are colorless, which is silly. Everybody is some color or other. Neither so-called white people nor so-called black people are any more colored or uncolored than anybody else. Nor is anybody really white or black; some people's skin is lighter or darker than other's, but not even the skin of a so-called albino is actually white. So-called white people are actually closer to being pink or reddish-yellow than "white". Somebody should invent terms for people of European ancestry and for people of African ancestry and for people of Asian ancestry that aren't based on this ridiculous color-coding. We've got terms like "Native American" and "Hispanic" for two of our ethnicities, and those aren't color-coded, so we should invent similar terms for so-called black and white people.— Preceding unsigned comment added by 129.93.17.229 (talk) 20:40, August 7, 2007

While I'm inclined to agree with you, this is nonetheless an existing term, which has a life of its own among many non-white peoples. It has great cultural significance. I am wondering why "People Of Color" is defined within the article "Colored". Shouldn't these be two separate articles?— Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.141.118.215‎ (talk) ‎16:43, February 12, 2008
You all from Wikipedia should delete this article. It's so silly and dumb. At least should change everything. This political correctness is turning people so hypocrite. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 186.241.63.192 (talk) 13:29, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

Colored is a French term meaning mixed black and white used previous French territories such as our American south. colored doesn't mean non-white, because no one referred to other ethnic groups as colored. Recently a group from a black college have tried to promote the use of color to mean non-white, but that is just racist. Black and white both represent all colors scientifically, so one could say colored mean non-black people, it that racist? yes. Keep the meaning of colored as mixed white-black like it was from the beginning. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.57.29.26 (talk) 20:50, 10 December 2017 (UTC)

Southern United States[edit]

The article says:

However, usage of the appellation "colored" in the American South gradually came to be restricted to "negroes".

I find this statement a bit dubious. The term was a catchall for both Negroes and Mulattoes. And this became the standard meaning throughout the United States. Generally speaking, in the US, colored means having noticeable sub-Saharan African ancestry, in any given proportion, as opposed to people of color, which seems to mean all non-white people. I know race is a sensitive subject, and I'm not going to add "original research," but I think most Americans would agree this is an accurate description of the terms. 73.194.85.220 (talk) 20:22, 18 June 2017 (UTC)