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When the National Association for the Advancement of Colored people was formed, was use of the word 'Colored' intended to be inclusive of anyone non-caucasion at that time?

Asked by ibstubro (18804points) November 14th, 2014

Or was it that “Colored” was the preferred term for African Americans/Blacks at that time?

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janbb's avatar

It was that “Colored People” was the preferred term for African Americans at that time.

marinelife's avatar

The latter.

gasman's avatar

Having grown up in the 50s & 60s I can tell you that “colored” meant African-American. The term “people of color” came along decades later and is more inclusive.

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stanleybmanly's avatar

The NAACP was founded with the goal of furthering the integration of Negroes into American society, but it was realized from the outset that “colored” was merely more poetic than “non white”. The organization began with the lofty goal of inclusion, and planned on advocating for justice on behalf of all persecuted minorities.

ibstubro's avatar

Wow. Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois was the only black on the original NAACP board, and the director was white clear up to 1975.

Better question than I even thought.

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