Unfortunately, it seems to be an acceptable thing to say, without understanding the full weight it carries. There are organizations that pride themselves on using this outdated phrase. Put me in a box and classify me because of the colour of my skin! Really? Answer this, if I didn't have "colour", would I be "colourless"? Would I be any less human? Less creative? Less loving? Less compassionate? Am I really so different from you? Why would you think so? Does describing me as a woman of colour really help you understand who I truly am? But then again, I must keep in mind, that you may not be really interested. Ah, there's the rub.