Congress Sweeps Away Outdated Racial Labels ‘Negro’ And ‘Oriental’

By Nigel Roberts

State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries smiles during an interview after voting in the New York Primary on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Jeffries face City Council member Charles Barron in Brooklyn’s 8th Congressional District vacated by Democrat Edolphus Towns who retired. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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A voice vote in the U.S. House of Representative on Tuesday approved a bill to remove antiquated racial labels in two federal regulations, The Hill reported.

“Words definitely matter. They can cause great harm and division, particularly when they are embedded in federal statute,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), who authored the bill, stated on the House floor.

Words matter. And racially offensive terms like Eskimo, Oriental and Negro have NO place in federal law. That’s why the House just acted

— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) November 29, 2017

The measure seeks to replace the term “Negro” with “Black or African American” and “Oriental” with “Asian American or Pacific Islander,” as well as doing away with “Spanish surname” and “Eskimo” and change them to “Hispanic” and “Alaska Native.” This bill addresses affirmative action references in …read more

Source:: Black America Web

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