I have a dilemma and am looking for informed opinions. It's relevance to postqueer is debatable, but I thought it was worth a shot.
I'm applying for grad school and have to submit some writing samples from my undergrad years. I'm in the middle of editing a paper I wrote in the 1990s on the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's Black Book, which was controversial for it's explicit and arguably racist depiction of Black gay men. A friend suggested to me that I should be using the term African American now in all academic writing.
At the time I used the term black (not capitalized) throughout the paper as this was the terminology all my sources used - Kobena Mercer, Isaac Julien, bell hooks, Essex Hemphill, Thelma Johnson, etc. However - they are all black and I am white. What is the best current terminology to use in an academic paper?