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Black people

LC control 85014672
Topical headingBlack people
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Variant(s)Black persons
See alsosubdivision Black people under individual wars, e.g. World War, 1939-1945--Black people; and headings beginning with the word Black
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Scope noteHere are entered works on Black people as an element in the population. Theoretical works discussing the black race from an anthropological point of view are entered under Black race.
Works on Black people in countries whose racial composition is predominantly black are assigned headings appropriate for the country as a whole without the use of the heading Black people. The heading Black people is assigned to works on such countries only if the work discusses Black people apart from other groups in the country.
Subject example tracingNote under Black race; Urban Black people
Found inWork cat.: Fryer, P. Black people in the British Empire, 2021
King, D. Why we don't call people "blacks" and "whites", Dec. 22, 2016, via SplinterNews, viewed Mar. 19, 2021 ("The core problem with 'a' black and 'a' white is that they imply there's a word missing--person. A black person. A white person. It's the grammatical equivalent of de-personization, or dehumanization: Person is gone. Race is all;" "The split second it takes to expand 'blacks' and 'whites' into 'black people' and 'white people' is a small price to pay for accurately characterizing people's lives")
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History (ed. by C. A. Palmer), 2nd ed., 2006: Introduction (blacks)
Encyclopedia of Black Studies, edited by Molefi Kete Asante, and Mambo Ama Mazama, 2004 : Introduction p. xxv ("This is not merely an encyclopedia of black culture or an encyclopedia of black people...")
Merriam-Webster WWW, viewed on May 20, 2021: ("Black or less commonly black : a) : a person belonging to any of various population groups of especially African ancestry often considered as having dark pigmentation of the skin but in fact having a wide range of skin colors ... b) : African American ... Note: Use of the noun Black in the singular to refer to a person is considered offensive. The plural form Blacks is still commonly used by Black people and others to refer to Black people as a group or community, but the plural form too is increasingly considered offensive, and most style guides advise writers to use Black people rather than Blacks when practical.")
National Association of Black Journalists. Style guide WWW, viewed on June 28, 2021: African, African American, Black ("In news copy, aim to use Black as an adjective, not a noun. Also, when describing a group, use Black people instead of just 'Blacks.'")