The Census Bureau Is Thinking About Banning The Word Negro In 2020, What Word(s) Would You Get Rid Of?

January 8, 2013  |  
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The term “Negro” may be removed from Census forms by 2020, reports the Associated Press.

The U.S. Census Bureau says it’s considering the change based on cultural trends and criticism they received after including the term in the 2010 Census. So why did they include a term that seems outdated to most of us in the first place? Apparently a significant amount of people still check “Negro” as their race, according to a Census study conducted in 2000. As it stands, “Negro” is listed alongside “Black” and “African-American” on the questionnaire.


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