Many of the reports on Chinese racism conflate skin color with race, a common mistake that misses important nuances. There is a long history of colorist prejudice that stretches throughout Asia. Some of the Asian elevation of fair skin as a mark of beauty is a legacy of white Western imperialism, stemming from British, Dutch, French, Spanish, and American occupations of countries ranging from India to Vietnam to the Philippines. As a result, Chinese society still bears a deep streak of cultural insensitivity toward non-Chinese, not to mention residual xenophobia which is actively cultivated by a government that frequently uses campaigns against foreigners to quash domestic discontent. Diversity—which has the ancillary effect of allowing the gravitational center of pop culture to drift and disperse toward marginalized communities—is still seen by Hollywood as more of a threat than an opportunity.
Race and the Census: The "Negro" Controversy
U.S. Laws Will No Longer Sound Like a Vaguely Racist Uncle - The Atlantic
The US census bureau announced on Monday that it is to dispense with "negro" as a classification of race. The change will take effect next year, when black respondents to the census will be able to say they are "black" or "African American". Nicholas Jones, chief of the Census Bureau's racial statistics branch, told the Associated Press that after months of research and public input the Bureau had decided that "negro" was no longer needed on its forms, because many find the term offensive. He acknowledged that more research should have been done before now. A former Census Bureau director, Robert Groves, addressed the controversy in a blogpost, in which he wrote that the term had been included in the census based on research from the lates which showed that 56, people self-identified as "negro" under the "some other race" category. Groves also said that more than half of those people were under the age of 45 when they responded to the survey. According to AP, the number of people self-identifying as "negro" dropped to about 36, in the most recent census.
Color terminology for race
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African Americans , one of the largest of the many ethnic groups in the United States. African Americans are mainly of African ancestry, but many have nonblack ancestors as well. African Americans are largely the descendants of slaves—people who were brought from their African homelands by force to work in the New World.