What does BIPOC mean?

An acronym that means Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color.


Other definitions of BIPOC:

  • A relatively recent term for black, indigenous, people of color. Usually pronounced "buy-pock". Use of the term should be measured, as it can erase differences between groups indiscriminately.
  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
  • A umbrella term for black, indigenous, and people of color. In many situations, this term is almost too inclusive, and can lead to erasure and dismissal of racial differences. It's use has expanded via Twitter during the BLM movement in the late 2010s.

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How to use the term

  • BIPOC members should have their voices heard.

  • “Law and order” to them means to accept the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and thousands of other BIPOC.

  • It's different than saying person of color (POC) because specifically saying Black and Indigenous in BIPOC shows respect for their experience with very targeted racism.


Why the term "BIPOC" is so complicated, explained by linguists, Vox

  • A Website that mentions "BIPOC."
  • This brief article by Constance Grady of Vox explains the origins, the individual components, and when to consider the use of the term BIPOC. It also warns of the perils of using terms like BIPOC that may lump many people into one category.

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