Black people

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The term black people usually refers to a racial classification of humans. Although the classification is primarily associated with the very dark skin colors of some people who are classified as 'black', the classification itself, particularly in the United States, also refers to people with all possible kinds of skin pigmentation from the darkest through to the very lightest skin colors, including albinos. Therefore, the term 'black people' is not an indicator of skin color but of racial classification. It is also used to categorize a number of diverse populations together based on historical and prehistorical ancestral relationships. Some definitions of the term include only people of relatively recent Sub Saharan African descent (see African diaspora). Among the members of this group, dark skin is most often accompanied by the expression of natural afro-hair texture (although a recent scientific study notes that human skin color diversity is highest in sub-Saharan African populations).[1] Other definitions of the term "black people" extend to other populations characterized by dark skin, including some indigenous to Oceania and Southeast Asia.[2][3]

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