Words that avoid giving offence: black
Use the adjective black (sometimes spelt Black) to refer to people with dark skin whose families originally came from Africa. Avoid using black as a noun because this is sometimes considered offensive. Black people in the UK whose families originally came from the Caribbean often prefer to be called African Caribbean. Black Americans usually prefer to be called African American. In Australian English, use black to refer to the people whose families were living in Australia before Europeans arrived and settled.