“Because the term people of color is inclusive rather than exclusive, it can lead to the perception that non-Whites are a well-defined group of people who are disadvantaged relative to Whites.”– Martin and Nezlek
Language matters. Words matter. By lumping non-Whites into the same term, systemic racism continues by envisioning a racial hierarchy with Whites at the top.
The term promotes “a kind of violence to how we grasp power in this country. It reduces and constricts, it treats the many as one.”
Use it when arguing for workplace diversity but don’t say or write “people of color” because it’s easier than using “Blacks” or “Latinos” or other racial and ethnic identities. And if you’re a White person, your use of the term is especially racist.