Originally Posted by jelena4me
Well, I'm English and "coloured" is about the least offensive term I can think of. Where I am come from its totally inoffensive and very common, certainly less offensive than "dark","darkie" and a lot of other far worse terms I could list. I would have thought it was less offensive than using "black. What term would you like people to use?
I guess every area is different, but I think you are going to find this term very common in a non-offensive context.
Black is less offensive than coloured in the UK and USA.
Mixed heritage or bi-racial instead of half-caste. Half-caste means "half class".