Old terminology creates demeaning interpretation

Dear Editor,

I was appalled to read in Sierra Smith’s article on Larry Wilmore’s new show, “...Wilmore highlights political issues in the point of view of colored individuals.” 

The term “colored” is fraught with historical meaning that demeans all black people. 

It conjures up images of the south in the U.S. not that long ago, where drinking fountains had signs over them saying, “For colored only.” I am very troubled to see this used by a writer for the STAR and also not changed by the editors.  A better term would be “people of color” or  “black individuals.”

- Laurel Holmstrom-Keyes, Staff Member