When it comes to cultural common sense, some folks are painfully slow on the uptake. Take the vast majority of Americans for example (just joking)… Today’s instance of the racial/cultural impairment comes right out of the pages of the US Census. The racial identifier option “Negro” to be exact.

With the way so many African Americans folks freely throw the classic derogatory version of that word around, it may surprise some that there are actually a great deal of us who are offended by the Census’ use of such a word.

Yes. There are certain Americans who are interested in stepping into the future, leaving antiquated terms like negro, colored, quadroon, octaroon (or whatever) in the history books where they belong.

Lo and behold, the Census Bureau may be finally ready to make the move too – for the year 2020. Director Robert Groves recently declared on C-Span: “First of all, let me apologize to you on behalf of all my colleagues. The intent of every word on the race and ethnicity questions is to be as inclusive as possible so that all of us could see a word here that rings a bell for us … it was not to be offensive, and again, I apologize on that. My speculation is that in 2020 that word will disappear and there are gonna be other words that are gonna change.”

Wow. Speculation. Such a decisive word. Perhaps they’ll upgrade to ‘Nigga’, as to ring a bell for the burgeoning modern urban set.

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  • Drea

    The argument that we can use the N-word(in any form….Nigga, Negro, ect..) because people use it all the time is invalid. Just because people use it doesn’t mean that it is right. If thats the case drunk driving should be okay beacuse people always do it. Or better yet under age drinking should be okay because plenty of people drink under age. And they dont use Negro in the spanish content they use it in the english content. It is a word of opression always has been always will be. Just because people use it all the time doesnt mean the meaning has changed.

    ~my people perish for lack of knowledge~

  • Mara

    Recently, I found the 2010 Census form hanging on my door. As I began filling it out, I came across a dilemma. The U.S. government wants to know if my children are adopted or not and it wants to know what our races are. Being adopted myself, I had to put “Other” and “Don’t Know Adopted” for my race and “Other” and “Don’t Know” for my kids’ races.

    Can you imagine not knowing your ethnicity, your race? Now imagine walking into a vital records office and asking the clerk for your original birth certificate only to be told “No, you can’t have it, it’s sealed.”

    How about being presented with a “family history form” to fill out at every single doctor’s office visit and having to put “N/A Adopted” where life saving information should be?

    Imagine being asked what your nationality is and having to respond with “I don’t know”.

    It is time that the archaic practice of sealing and altering birth certificates of adopted persons stops.

    Adoption is a 5 billion dollar, unregulated industry that profits from the sale and redistribution of children. It turns children into chattel who are re-labeled and sold as “blank slates”.

    Genealogy, a modern-day fascination, cannot be enjoyed by adopted persons with sealed identities. Family trees are exclusive to the non-adopted persons in our society.

    If adoption is truly to return to what is best for a child, then the rights of children to their biological identities should NEVER be violated. Every single judge that finalizes an adoption and orders a child’s birth certificate to be sealed should be ashamed of him/herself.

    I challenge all readers: Ask the adopted persons that you know if their original birth certificates are sealed.