Defining Black

‘Black’ is a political term with its origins in the anti-racist and civil rights movements. Whilst originally referring to people of African and Caribbean descent, the word has come to encompass both Asian and Arab people, seeing commonalities in their shared oppression. The word is used to empower these communities, less as ‘ethnic minorities’ but as global majorities and foster a sense of solidarity in the common struggles Black people face. When a person says that they are politically black, they identify themselves with these empowering sentiments rather than just a race. Throughout this website the term Black is used in a political sense and will encompass those of African, Caribbean, Asian and Arab descent.

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