Is it offensive to use the phrase "colored people"? ?

I've been told that I have to write a paper on the NAACP. However, my teacher is African-American and once severely admonished me for using the term "black" instead of African-American during a discussion about slavery. As you can see, this is a sticky wicket. Ironically, Friday, she made us watch a film on the... show more I've been told that I have to write a paper on the NAACP. However, my teacher is African-American and once severely admonished me for using the term "black" instead of African-American during a discussion about slavery. As you can see, this is a sticky wicket. Ironically, Friday, she made us watch a film on the ***** Leagues and a spokesman from the United ***** College Fund visited the same day. I'm afraid to discuss it with my classmates for fear of being called a racist yet again. What to do? I can't discuss my class assignments with anyone.
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