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SO what is the term. African American or Black. (Not racist)

I referred to a woman's African American tone (beauty counter) because I thought that was the correct term, it is the one we were taught to use but then she jumped down my throat because she was JUST American. She had never even been to Africa. Her tone was dark. We were taught to say African American, Asian, pale, tan or olive toned.


Asked by Anonymous at 6:54 PM on Oct. 13, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (7)
  • When working at a beauty counter your complexion or tone will most often be brought up. In customer service it's not cool to lash out at your clientele. We're all Americans, duh. Her point or the one she attempted to make just makes her look foolish.

    Answer by parrishsky at 7:27 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • Probably each person will have a slighly different answer. If the person says they are not african american, just say, oh, that's what they tell me to say, and then say black. Honestly I have never had anyone complain about either term, and I have used both, in my 40 years of life.

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 7:00 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • I would just use "dark complexion" in that situation.

    But I use the term "black". I don't get pissed when someone calls me "white" so I expect people not to be upset at using another hue as a description of their race. Plus it's 6 syllables shorter to say than African American.

    Answer by Ati_13 at 6:58 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • Wow, tough one.

    Answer by lovinangels at 6:56 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • Ditto to "dark complexion"

    Answer by UpSheRises at 7:02 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • I have used both without any such issues. I think the person you had to deal with has a social disorder, I'd be inclined to report her.

    Answer by parrishsky at 7:03 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • I don't know what to say about that, but I really like her - an American!

    Answer by jesse123456 at 7:22 PM on Oct. 13, 2010