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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From Essence

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 So why did they include a term that seems outdated to most of us in the first place?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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  • clove8canela

    I would get rid of African-American. Africa is a continent and the term really makes no sense. We have developed our own traditions and culture, and if it is imperative to someone that they identify themselves as being associated with the African continent, I think they should at least choose a country. Just like all blacks aren’t alike, neither are all Africans.

    Regardless of how blacks in America came to be, we are a mixture of different racial groups (obv the majority being black), whether by choice or by force, and ignoring that by only acknowledging “African” heritage doesn’t negate that fact. “Black” which I prefer, although arguably another misnomer, is the term I feel most comfortable with and use to describe myself.

    I would probably have the term replaced with Afro-American which means OF African descent and to me, is a more accurate depiction of the descendant blacks of slaves in America.

    • Kaori

      That is why I do not like to be called African American. I feel that many Black Americans today are so far removed from their African ancestry that the term just doesn’t make sense unless one emigrated to American rom Africa.