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“Oh, I just meant that we have no people of color,” she said.

The woman had thus invoked “people of color” and “Black and brown” to mean renters who were Black or Latinx, older and lower-income.

However formative this language was for some, a growing number of activists and commentators say that “people of color” no longer works.

To be clear, Greymorning did not mean to contest the present focus on Black lives.

Rejecting the term “people of color” may be of little consequence, but rejecting the solidarity it implies can result in an inaccurate and unduly limiting world view.

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