Well I think I'll stick my big nose in this little discussion. I'm a southern boy and if it means anything, my step-mother is black. However, I've got some friends in England, and when I was still going to meetings, we took them to our meeting. The woman was delighted about everything Texas (she adored the show "Dallas") and in particular the ethnic diversity in our congregation. She very brightly, and in nice loud voice, said, "My you do have an awful lot of coloreds here." After I scraped my jaw off the floor, I quickly pointed out that in this country, particularly in the southern US, one does not refer to people of color as "Coloreds". Jess was a bit embarrassed, but she told me that in the UK, it is offensive to refer to those with darker skin as "blacks". She said the preferred term is "coloured". Now, I don't know how accurate this is or not, but perhaps Comforter was making the same mistake my friend Jess made.
We've got many members here from the Mother Country, is this true? Enquiring minds want to know . . .