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Why saying "colored people" is gauche:
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Black or African American is better if you're talking about the people you've been learning about in school this month, people of color (PoC) is the polite term if you wanna refer to everyone who is not "white."

Why there is a black history month:
History is white supremacist. Not just what happened, but how it's been recorded. This has not been fixed in the mainstream teaching of it, so in US schools you spend a few minutes a day (max) during the shortest month of the year applying a patch to the gaping hole of people being written out of history. It is not perfect, but is better than nothing.

But... that photo is grey. gonk