yep... like my friend going to university in the states getting a lecture for talking about one of her friends' challenges as a 'black' student. You can't say 'black' you have to say African American! "But, she's neither, she's Haitian Canadian." Political correctness to the point of erasing people's heritages.
On the flip side though, something the PC term IS a matter of precision. My friend who calls herself vision impaired for example. yes, she's legally blind, you could call her blind, but, she's not blind, she still sees enough shadow to navigate through life minus a cane or a helper dog.
Even '******' was acceptable among many Englishman at one point (though I'm not aware of any blacks every using it as a self-identifyer).
The biggest factor is probably that of how it's spoken to people. If you grow up with people hatefully calling you black, you're going to hate the term, and push to see it changed, even if it means you'd rather be called the term your grandparents or parents grew up hating. If you grow up hearing the term retarded, gay, dumb, etc., used as insults, you're not going to want them used to label you. Conversely, if someone does use a term you hate, there is usually an ability to tell whether they mean it as an offense or simply as a term.
How much more confusing can it get? At one point, 'negro' was perfectly acceptable (even as a self-identifyer), and generally still is within historical-litrary contexts. Even '******' was acceptable among many Englishman at one point (though I'm not aware of any blacks every using it as a self-identifyer). Then 'Black' came to the fore (African American being too narrow on an international stage). And now 'Black isn't acceptable either? We'll run out of words soon enough.
"Negro" isn't acceptable now? Didn't know that, to be perfectly honest...Is "Caucasian" still OK?
It does have the word "Asian" in it....and thus the question, "Is Asian" still OK? This is confusing.
I've used the word "Negro" several times a couple of weeks back without knowing, in a bar, while
trying to stumble through drink orders in my very broken Spanish (Is "Spanish" still OK?) while
try'n to get a "Dark Rum & Water" (Is "Dark" still OK?).