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‘Negro’ Eliminated From U.S. Census Forms

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — The U.S. Census Bureau announced it is removing the term “Negro” as an option for race on its surveys and replacing it with “black” or “African-American.”

The organization had used the term on its surveys and forms for more than 100 years of use, ABC News reported Monday.

The new language will be used on the Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey next year. The survey is distributed to more than 3.5 million households in the United States.

The government moved to end the use of the word “Negro” because it has come to be viewed as offensive and outdated by some people. The term dates back five centuries to the Portuguese and Spanish word for black to describe the people of sub-Saharan Africa, ABC News said.

The U.S. census’ descriptors of race were initially limited in its first survey in 1790. The racial categories were listed as “free white,” “all other free persons” and “slaves.” It wasn’t until 1900 when the bureau used the term “Negro” to identify people of African descent.

“Negro” was nearly eliminated from census forms in 2010 but it was decided against because the bureau believed there was still a portion of the United States that identified with the term, particularly older African-Americans living in the South, ABC reported.

“Some of the commentary on the question comes from people offended by the term. I apologize to them. I am confident that the intent of my colleagues in using the same wording as Census 2000 was to make sure as many people as possible saw words that matched their self-identities. Full inclusiveness was the goal,” said former Census Bureau director Robert Groves in a blog post after the 2010 census.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    United States Census Bureau IS FULL OF EMPLOYEES WHO LEARNED NOTHING IN SCHOOL. “Negro” IS A DERIVATIVE OF, “Negroid.”

    I AM TIRED OF THE “POLITICALLY-CORRECT CROWD” TELLING PEOPLE HOW TO THINK AND ACT. I AM MOST DEFINITELY NOT, “African-American” – I HATE IT! I AM NOT AFRICAN; I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO AFRICA, AND I HAVE NO DESIRE TO GO. I AM ONLY AMERICAN BECAUSE I LIVE HERE – BUT, I DO NOT SUPPORT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IN REFERENCE TO THE WORD, “black,” I USE IT AS A POLITICAL TOOL WHEN IN THE PRESENCE OF NEGROES WHO WILL “SHUT-DOWN” THEIR EARS IF THEY HEAR SOMETHING OBJECTIONABLE.

    IF THE Census Form CONTAINS, “Other,” I WILL WRITE-IN, “Negro.”

  • Harold Olsen

    According to black people, if a white person uses either “negro” or “colored” in referring to a black person, that is racist. Well if it’s racist for a white person to use a word, then it is also racist for a black person to use the word. Because of that I consider both the NAACP (the “C” stands for “colored”) and the United Negro College Fund to be racist organizations since they use “racist” terms in the titles of their organizations. And I will not donate to racist organizations.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Harold Olsen,”

      IT WOULD BE HYPOCRITICAL FOR YOU TO DONATE TO black ORGANIZATIONS IF YOU THINK AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IS WRONG. “Mr. Olsen,” THIS IS 2013; YOU OWE blacks NOTHING. WHEN YOU SEE THEM IN PUBLIC, IT IS YOUR PEROGATIVE “TO SPEAK, OR, NOT TO SPEAK.”

  • JimH

    In don’t like the term “African American” to describe a U.S. citizen who is of the negroid race, because there is more than one race living on the African continent.
    For one race in one country to lay claim to a whole continent is pretty pretentious.
    Caucasians start out white. in the sun to long they turn red. Stay in the sun they turn tan and brown. Take away their air they turn blue. Bruise then black& blue.
    They have blond hair, brunette, black or red hair. When we get old, grey.(all races have something in common)
    And the other races call themselves “colored”?

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “JimH,”

      SIR, Afrocentric blacks BELIEVE THE CAUCASIANS OF SOUTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE-EASTERNERS OF NORTHERN AFRICA STOLE THEIR LAND , AFTER THE SLAVE TRADE REDUCED THEIR NUMBERS TO THE DEGREE WHICH MADE THEM INABLE TO “PUT-UP” A GOOD FIGHT.

      • JimH

        Hi Christopher, The Egyptians were around for a very long time.
        If they moved in and “conquered” someone else for that prime land.(the Nile basin) it was before written history.
        All those races have been there for centuries, it’s still pretentious.

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