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African-American. The former "polite" term, replaced by "Negro," then by "black," now by "African-American."
White folks in Washington
They sure know how
To call a colored man a nigger,
Just to see him bow.
-- Lead Belly, "Bourgeois Blues"
by octopod June 13, 2004
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Another word for black/african-american

Not always rude just an old fashioned way to say it.
You shouldn't say colored now a-days cuz it's just racist.
by some polak November 07, 2004
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Word that offends black people, if you are white.
white person: "The colored girl, not the white one".

black person: "Are you calling me a slave?"

white person: "No."

black person: "Well, you said the word colored and that word is what you all use to describe us as you are hanging us."

white person: "umm, I was trying to be respectful".

black person: "Well, you are a cracker."

--and this is ok, apparently.
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1 ... People, objects, and descriptive social interaction of these things together, which in the brightness of light, can objectively be viewed in hues offered in the color spectrum, with each of those colors being able to be filtered out completely by the color black or the color white.

2 ... In socialology: .... The colorful arrays of cultural expressionism from a society of people.
We are all colored by the societies of people we associate with.
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Something that we all are. Colored does not just mean Black anymore, that is only a stereotype. Here's a list of what color a race is associated with:

Native Americans=Red
It shouldn't matter what color you are. I am accepting of all races. There are people of every race that I don't like, but that is the same case with everyone in the country.
I honestly don't care if your white, black, red, purple, or orange, race is not an issue with me!
by The Kentucky Yankee December 09, 2004
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mistakenly thought of as an "object of color", however there is no color 'out there.' Color is merely certain nanometers of electromagnetic energy that (lucky us) our eyes can register as color. Most electromagnetic energy cannot be processed by our eyes, for example, radio waves, or radiation. Thus what we see is only because of our eyes.
guy: hey Stac look at that "colored" person eating a burger.
stacy: wat are you talking about Guy?
guy: umm duh, that black person over there.
stacy: gosh, you're soweak-minded!
guy: wat did i do?
stacy: well for one black isn't even a color and secondly color is only what we see as electromagnetic yea,
you're just confused and miseducated Guy.
guy: so wat is color?
stacy: good question since no color exists as color lol.
guy: ya lol.
by the creatorx1 December 28, 2008
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