I'm currently completing an MPhil in Historical Studies, and my thesis title is: 'Social and Political Attitudes to West Indian Migrants in Post-War London (1948-1965)'. I need some help in defining the terminology I should be using, namely whether I should say 'West Indian' and 'coloured', or 'Caribbean' and 'black'.
So far, I have been using the former, as the sources from the period on which I am largely dependent do, and it is therefore continuous throughout my study. Nevertheless, I recently read a PhD thesis from a few years ago on a similar topic, and she used the latter when not directly quoting, as these terms were seen not as offensive as the former in this modern age.
Obviously I do not wish to offend anyone in my thesis, and thus would very much apreciate any assistance anyone might be able to offer in this matter. Which terminology should I use?
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