'Negro' Wiped From US Census
'Black' or 'African-American' to be used instead
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2013 6:39 AM CST
Updated Feb 26, 2013 8:05 AM CST
This photograph of a sample 2010 US Census form obtained by the AP shows question 9: "What is Person 1's race," on the first page of the 2010 Census form, with options for Black, African Am., or Negro.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The Census Bureau seems perhaps a few decades late on this, but it has finally decided to stop using the word "Negro" in its surveys. Census forms will replace the current option of "black, African Am., or Negro" with simply "black" or "African-American" beginning next year. It apparently took months of research and feedback gathering to come to the conclusion that many black Americans find the term "Negro" to be, in the words of the chief of the bureau's racial statistics branch, "offensive and outdated," reports the AP.

"Negro" was first used on census forms in 1900, replacing "colored." The government decided not to drop the term for the 2010 census after determining that some older Southern blacks still identified with it. But after it mailed out those forms, some groups protested, spurring an apology from the director of the Census Bureau.

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Antarctic-LT
Mar 1, 2013 1:53 AM CST
Wow. 100 years later and we are still in the Progressive Era. Roosevelt and Sinclair are spinning in their graves. I'm sure MLK has something to say about it too. But in a sense all of this is used for data mining, research, gov't spending, (g)rants, loans, etc. Just more political fuel.
Imhotep
Feb 27, 2013 8:16 AM CST
So the census AKA government recognizes race. Why ? At what point if your of a mixed marriage do you redefine yourself ? In other words a black white mix means your black, not white. When are you white enough to be defined as white ? Or is that a whole new race category. How about half black and half Spanish ? Or half Chinese and half Irish. So on and so on. The idea of even being defined is becoming outdated. The census will have to be more specific or just stop asking. If they become more specific it could take up two pages of options.
user99
Feb 26, 2013 2:34 PM CST
The census form should only have one choice, human.