Noun (slang) A name for people of african descent and/or of the negro race who are citizens of the United States. Sometimes generally applied to any dark skinned person living in america. Not common in current use, it has been replaced with african american, for no appearent reason other than the two following; Possibly to distance the speaker or the referents from the late 1960s/early 1970s era when the term was in very common and popular use, or to make it harder to spell, to pronounce, and to use more characters in written material.
Of the socially acceptable and non slur terms used for people of the negro race in the 20th century like colored, of color, afro american, black, minority, or african american, my personal favorite is afro american.
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