Colored People's Time

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Colored People's Time (uncountable)

  1. (dated, African American) The supposed habit of black people of frequently being late, conceived of as a time zone.
    • 1967 January 27, quoted in Stephen B. Oates, Let the Trumpet Sound: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr., HarperCollins (1994), ISBN 006092473X, page 338
      Colored People's Time,” King said with a grin. “It always takes us longer to get where we're going.”

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  • This term was used within the African American community; used by an outsider, it would likely be taken to be offensive.
  • The term "Colored People" is now dated.

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