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African American or black—what’s the right term to use?

Hannah Yi
By Hannah Yi

Video Journalist

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Listening to Donald Trump this campaign season has been an education on how to not talk about race. Something always feels a bit off when Trump says, “the African Americans” or “the blacks.”

So what is the right way to use those terms? Watch our video for some historical context and to find out: When do you use “black” instead of “African American”?

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