Words that avoid giving offense: black
Use the adjective black (sometimes spelled 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 Americans usually prefer to be called African-American. Black people in the U.K. whose families originally came from the Caribbean often prefer to be called African Caribbean. In Australian English, use black to refer to the people whose families were living in Australia before Europeans arrived and settled.