Online word site, Dictionary.com has revealed its
plans to update their definition of ‘black’ after
being branded racist by a young black lady.
21-year-old Nyshayla Barnes , an artist from New
Jersey, took to Twitter to express her discomfort
at the words associated with the term.
Sharing a screengrab of the synonyms alongside
‘black’, she revealed how words including ‘dark,
dingy, depressing, devilish and sinful’ were listed
Reacting on her page, Nyshayla wrote: ‘There are
offensive words in the dictionary associated with
the definition of ‘Black’. It is vital that we have
more positive meanings for this word because
how we define words shapes our perception of
And further explaining her point, she added: ‘We
are not taking offense to the word ‘Black’. That is
our identity. We have a problem with the other
words that are associated with Black that don’t
need to be associated with it at all’.
‘Rather than making words, such as ‘depressing’,
‘threatening’ and ‘foreboding’ synonymous to
‘Black’, we should instead use words that do not
insinuate a biased undertone to a word that is
commonly used to describe people of Black race
Replying to the thread, Dictionary.com revealed
their plans to update the definition.