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*[[Aborigine]]s, the aboriginal peoples of Australia, or those with mixed ancestry, regardless of complexion.
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*[[Aborigine]]s, the aboriginal peoples of Australia, or those with mixed ancestry, regardless of complexion
*Specific segments of the African population.  In [[apartheid]] [[South Africa]], for example, many brown-skinned Africans and persons of mixed ethnicity were referred to as ''coloured'', while ''black'' was reserved for people with the darkest hue.
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*Specific segments of the African population.  In [[apartheid]] [[South Africa]], for example, many brown-skinned Africans and persons of mixed ethnicity were referred to as ''coloured'', while ''black'' was reserved for people with the darkest hue
 
*Especially when translated from other languages: a non-pejorative slang term for dark-skinned persons, whether or not of actual African ancestry, as:  "''Oye! Mira negra linda''!"  ("Hey! Look at the pretty dark (or black) girl!" in [[Puerto Rico|Puerto Rican]] [[Spanish]]
 
*Especially when translated from other languages: a non-pejorative slang term for dark-skinned persons, whether or not of actual African ancestry, as:  "''Oye! Mira negra linda''!"  ("Hey! Look at the pretty dark (or black) girl!" in [[Puerto Rico|Puerto Rican]] [[Spanish]]
 
*An intra-ethnic insult:  "you're so black!" "get out of the sun!  You'll get too black!"
 
*An intra-ethnic insult:  "you're so black!" "get out of the sun!  You'll get too black!"

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In referring to human beings, the term black can be used in several contexts. Its most common worldwide usage is probably to describe any person of sub-Saharan African ancestry. However, in specific countries it may refer to:

  • African Americans
  • Aborigines, the aboriginal peoples of Australia, or those with mixed ancestry, regardless of complexion
  • Specific segments of the African population. In apartheid South Africa, for example, many brown-skinned Africans and persons of mixed ethnicity were referred to as coloured, while black was reserved for people with the darkest hue
  • Especially when translated from other languages: a non-pejorative slang term for dark-skinned persons, whether or not of actual African ancestry, as: "Oye! Mira negra linda!" ("Hey! Look at the pretty dark (or black) girl!" in Puerto Rican Spanish
  • An intra-ethnic insult: "you're so black!" "get out of the sun! You'll get too black!"