The term black people is an everyday English-language phrase, often used in North America to refer to Americans and Canadians of Sub-Saharan African descent. Outside North America, the term "black people", or close translations of it, is also used in other socially based systems of racial classification, or of ethnicity for persons who are perceived to be dark-skinned relative to other "racial" groups – or else who are defined as belonging to a 'black' ethnicity.
Different societies, such as Britain, Brazil, the United States, Australia and South Africa apply differing criteria regarding who is classified as "black", and these have also varied over time. Often social variables, such as class and socio-economic status, affect classification, so that relatively dark-skinned people can be classified as white if they fulfill other social criteria of "whiteness," and relatively light-skinned people can be classified as black if they fulfill the social criteria for "blackness" in a particular setting. As a result, in North America, for example, the term "black people" is not necessarily an indicator of skin color but of a socially based racial classification related to being African American, with a family history related to institutionalized slavery. In other regions, such as Australia and Melanesia, the term 'black' has been applied to, and used by, populations with a very different history.
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... Status Milestone 1939 Hattie McDaniel Gone with the Wind Mammy Won First black person (male or female) to win an Academy Award First black person (male or female) to be nominated for Best Acting First. 1949 Ethel Waters Pinky Pinky's Granny Nominated Second black person to be nominated for an Academy Award ... Margaret Avery The Color Purple Shug Avery Nominated Second time that multiple black actresses received Best Supporting Actress nominations First time that multiple black ...
... Abo/Abbo (AUS) Australian Aboriginal person ... A black person, especially a black child ... Ann (North America) a white woman to a black person—or a black woman who acts too much like a white one ...
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Famous quotes containing the words person and/or black:
“These people in high life have too much presence of mind, I believe, to seem disconcerted, or out of humour, however they may feel: for had I been the person of the most consequence in the room, I could not have met with more attention and respect.”
—Frances Burney (17521840)
“Mighty few young black women are doin domestic work. And Im glad. Thats why I want my kids to go to school. This one lady told me, All you people are gettin like that. I said, Im glad. Theres no more gettin on their knees.”
—Maggie Holmes, African American domestic worker. As quoted in Working, book 3, by Studs Terkel (1973)