Idioms and Expressions: "Politically Correctness"
Below are the politically correct or generally accepted terms for some of the major racial and cultural groups in the U.S. What is acceptable has changed over time. Terms acceptable 20 or 50 years ago are now no longer considered appropriate, and some of those are listed in the right-hand column below. We do not include “racial slurs,” or bad names used to insult a specific racial or cultural group. We also do not have the space to include smaller ethnic groups, such as Mexican American, Korean American, or Nigerian American.
- Native American
- American Indian
- African American
- Latino (men) / Latina (women)
- Asian American
- White (American)
- Caucasian (American)
- European American
Less Acceptable or Not Acceptable:
- Spanish (unless from Spain)