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Thank you for your question and thanks to all who've taken the time to reply.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could just refer to people using one set of rule? But that would not be possible without offending people. For example, some people are referred to by their color: black or white. If we tried to call our Asian friends that they were "yellow" we'd deserve to be admonished. And I don't think "brown" would go over very well with Asians or Latinos.

Here in Southern California, there are some Latino people who prefer to be called "Mexican" because they are proud of their Mexican heritage and don't want to be lumped in with other Spanish-speaking people of Latin America.

On the other hand, I met a woman who was offended by the term African-American. She is a black woman, living in American, but was born and raised in Jamaica. She feels the term African-American excludes her from her race.

I wish things were simpler. But I suppose it is our nature to look for differences and similarities in ourselves and others. If we were all purple with green hair and eyes, we'd probably be grouping ourselves by feet size or earlobe length.

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