Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau will remove "Negro" from its surveys

Interesting news from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The U.S. Census Bureau is bidding farewell to "Negro" on its surveys and forms after more than 100 years of use. 
The description has come to be viewed as outdated and even offensive by many people in the black community, officials say, so the bureau will reduce the options to "black" or "African-American." 
The agency will include the new language next year in its annual American Community Survey, which reaches upwards of 3.5 million households in the United States.
The term "Negro" was introduced in 1900.

The government considered removing "Negro" from the 2010 Census. However, the bureau kept the term, saying that older Black folks in southern states still identified with the word.


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