It may offend some people. The word black offends some people. It is more likely to offend people who are not of the culture that it originated in. I don't find it offensive because my friends and my mentors who are, collectively, of african american, indian, phillipino, and latin american. My sociology teacher uses the term frequently, and she is from india. They use the term, I use the term, and I honestly believed it was a common term worldwide. My brothers are latino and my cousins are african american. I nanny for two little latino boys, an african american girl, and occasionally a phillipino little girl. But yes, I am pale as paper. I said that because you did not do any research on the term and you are talking about a cultural term from a part of the world you do not live in. You are repeatedly attacking everything I say without actually understanding what I say.