I'm always creating characters for the various universes at Trilobyte Studios, and one of the data points is "race" (for aliens, I use "species"). This is meant as a general descriptor to give an idea of appearance and possibly background.

The descriptors include Asian, Arab, Hispanic*, Caucasian...

What's the accepted descriptor for "of African decent"?

"Black" has become offensive to too many people (and I dislike using a color to describe a genetic ancestry), but I refuse to use "African American"—not only because it's too PC, but because many of the characters have no connection to America. Historically, "negroid" was used, but I'm sure that would incite mobs with pitchforks and torches.

Suggestions?

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* Also, if there's a better descriptor for South American ancestry, please let me know.