A Rose by Any Other Name is Still a Rose: Why Labels Matter

From Negro to black to African American to Black (but never colored)

How people self-identify

Preferences change, no clear-cut rules

To capitalize the B or not

The question of whether to capitalize White

But it isn’t even real! There is no genetic difference among the so-called races.

Is this even a meaningful discussion? This is all symbolic. It doesn’t represent meaningful change.

How are we supposed to know what is the right term is?

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Jean Latting,



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