What does BIPOC mean?

Discussions around the use of the identifier Black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC, pronounced bye-pock) have appeared frequently in the mainstream news media. In brief, the term BIPOC aims to address concerns expressed by some Black and Indigenous people that the identifier "people of color” overgeneralizes and minimizes the unique, historically derived issues that Black and Indigenous people face in the United States. The term “people of color” traditionally includes Latinos/Latinas/Latinx Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islander Americans, Middle Eastern Americans, and multiracial Americans and others who have historically fallen under the term. 

The BIPOC team that initiated the development of this resource agreed upon the use of BIPOC as a unifying term to emphasize the often-shared experiences on campus. We recognize the importance of naming particular groups depending on context and situations. Concern for exclusion, overgeneralization, misconceptions and erasure were considered in choosing to use the term.

TheBIPOCProject.org founders use the term “to highlight the unique relationship to whiteness that Indigenous and Black (Americans of African descent) people have, which shapes the experiences of and relationship to white supremacy for all people of color within a U.S. context.” The term is used to also center and focus on the interrelationships between BIPOC-identifying people.

We also commit to centering the needs of BIPOC-identifying individuals and people who identify as members of other underrepresented and marginalized groups.

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