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    The white men.
    Can I say "the whites"?

    The black men.
    Can I say "the blacks"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    The white men.
    Can I say "the whites"?

    The black men.
    Can I say "the blacks"?
    Hi sash2008,

    In the US, when writing about race issues, the common terms are (now most common) "African-Americans," or (now less common) "blacks," or sometimes (though now more rarely) "Afro-Americans," and "whites." Please note: no article (e.g., "the blacks" or "the whites") is used for any of these.

    An audience outside of the US may have other preferred usages. For further background, you may want to take a look through some of these links:
    race whites blacks - Google Search
    Afro-American - Google Search

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monticello View Post
    Hi sash2008,

    In the US, when writing about race issues, the common terms are (now most common) "African-Americans," or (now less common) "blacks," or sometimes (though now more rarely) "Afro-Americans," and "whites." Please note: no article (e.g., "the blacks" or "the whites") is used for any of these.

    An audience outside of the US may have other preferred usages. For further background, you may want to take a look through some of these links:
    race whites blacks - Google Search
    Afro-American - Google Search

    Thank you very much.

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