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“Negro” is used in survey

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The United States Census Bureau are using Negro on the 2010 survey. One of the questions in the survey ask the respondents to state their race and one of the options is negro. The survey has not even come out yet and already people are making a big deal out of it. That is understandable because for many, many years, the term negro have been consider as a derogatory term and it is still view as a derogatory term today even though African Americans uses it every single day when referring to one another. The Census believed that using the term negro in the survey will outweigh the potential negatives, however; I don’t think this will be the case. First of all, the options in the survey are black, or African American and adding negro to that is just redundant because there’s no difference between negro or black so why not just leave black in there. This doesn’t define any kind of progress so using both black and negro will only spark a lot of problems.


Written by jobyjob

January 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I don’t think they should put the term “Negro” on anything. To me that word is a bad word in my mind. Its right up there with cuss words, but worst. They should just leave it as is. What is the point of changing something that has been working anyways?


    January 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

  2. I think its crazy that in the year 2010 the U.S Census Bureau is trying to include that derogatory term to an already narrow scope on the identity of Black people. If anything they should be adding broader categories to get an accurate view of the diversity in the U.S.


    January 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm

  3. I completely agree that it is very unnecessary to include negro as a racial category. I feel that a lot of people will not even pick it because there is such a negative stigma attached to it. Whenever I hear the word negro I can not help but think of the time of slavery and how that was what the white men called all the slaves and blacks. I believe a lot of people will be insulted.


    January 22, 2010 at 7:09 pm

  4. I totally agree that it is unnecessary. African Americans do not call each other “Negro” on a daily basis. That word brings up bad feelings and memories and it should not be included on the form.


    January 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm

  5. Firstly, negro and the ‘n word’ are not the same thing. Negro was the term used be everyone, Blacks, whites and everyone else until the 60s when the push for the term Black arose. Today, it is considered politically incorrect but it is probably being used on the census because there are older African Americans who, for the majority of their lives, were known as negro. I don’t like it, but I think the census as a whole is messed up considering that they are trying to narrow down people from 195 countries into 8 categories. Lastly, Black people do not call other Black people negro ‘on a daily basis” (or at all, in the circle of friends and family I know)


    January 23, 2010 at 8:47 pm

  6. I would have to say they should definitely keep the term “Negro” out of the survey. The words black and African American is good enough to use. Everyone understands these two words and there were no problems before. By using the word Negro will just add controversy to this issue. We do not need this in the world today because there is too much of that already over little issues.


    January 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

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