Was chatting to a young friend who is Bengali.

She said to me, is it ok to use the word "black"? I usually end up whispering it because I feel bad about it.

I said it was fine. In America you say African American, but here you say 'black'. I wondered why it would make her feel bad. Was it something about how it is translated from Bengali? or connotations in the community?

I said, speak to a black person and ask them what they prefer.

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