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Equity Lens: BIPoC

BIPoC (pronounced like “By Pock") is an acronym that stands for “Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.” The acronym derived from the term "people of color." People of color emerged as a person-first way to take back the phrase "colored people" from its problematic history. BIPoC was first referenced in 2013 on social media.

BIPOC acknowledges that not all people of color have the same experiences or deal with the same types of injustice, but it recognizes collective experiences of systemic racism. As with many identity terms, it is up to individuals to use this term as an identifier, but learn when to use BIPoC.

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