Racial Slurs and Labels and Euphemisms, Oh My!*


What’s the correct way to refer to someone’s race?


Skin Color

Use: Black or African American

Don’t Use: Colored, Negro, Afro-American

Don’t Use: The N-Word


Origin or Ancestry

Use: Asian or Asian American

Don’t Use: Oriental

Use: American Indians

Don’t Use: Eskimo

Don’t Use: Indian for Indigenous People


More Doubt and Confusion: Ethnicity & Religion

People of Color

Latinx or Hispanic?

What’s wrong with Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, North African, Israeli, Jewish, and Jew?

  • Cultural tidbit: It’s (overly) common for Americans to play off of the Wizard of Oz when referring to scary things, like using words you don’t know how to use!
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