Odder still was the the headline affixed to the series' introduction: "DNA Unlocks Centuries of Lost History for Denver Blacks." This last phrase -- "Denver Blacks" -- sounds like a sports-team parody along the lines of the "Fightin' Whites," a University of Northern Colorado intramural basketball team circa 2002 whose nickname was intended to turn the tables on those who defend using Native Americans as mascots.
Granted, the Rocky has long used "black," not "African American," to describe people of this particular ethnic background, and there's nothing wrong with the choice. But according to the results of a quick Nexis search, the paper has previously employed a less curious usage when referring to area residents who fit this description: "Denver's blacks." Moreover, a second search failed to turn up a single example of the term "Denver Whites."
No mistaking that. -- Michael Roberts