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non-black, noun and adjective

Forms:
Also with initial capital(s).
Origin:
Cf. black noun sense 1 b and 1 c.
An inversion of the term non-white, used as an affirmation of black identity and dignity.
A. noun A white person; one who is not a black African.
1953 G. Magwaza in Drum Apr. 29I’ve tried a couple of collective nouns for the lot: non-Europeans, non-whites and whatnot. I’m fed up with these negatives. Natives is meaningless...I’m now toying with blacks and non-blacks.
1982 Voice 6 June 4It seems even so-called liberal newspapers have fallen for Pretoria’s terminology and political-thinking by always referring loosely to ‘South Africans’, whereas in fact they mean only non-Blacks!
B. adjective Of or pertaining to one who is white, or to one who is not a black African.
1980 C. Hermer Diary of Maria Tholo 2The administrative section contained the post office and rent office as well as an office to issue permits without which no non-black person could enter the township.
1993 Sunday Times 31 Oct. 17It does..raise a number of questions for ‘non-black’ liberals. Do they have to accept black leadership simply because black South Africans are a numerical majority?
An inversion of the term non-white, used as an affirmation of black identity and dignity.
A white person; one who is not a black African.
Of or pertaining to one who is white, or to one who is not a black African.

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