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Census to replace "Negro" with "black" or "African-American"
http://www.nypost.com/f/print/news/national/census_to_replace_negro_with_black_O6jKTQuQbCVXKytj58H9JP#axzz2LvdaocFU ^ | February 25, 2013

Posted on 02/25/2013 5:06:13 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

WASHINGTON — After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys.

Instead of the term that came into use during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, census forms will use the more modern labels "black" or "African-American".

The change will take effect next year when the Census Bureau distributes its annual American Community Survey to more than 3.5 million U.S. households, Nicholas Jones, chief of the bureau's racial statistics branch, said in an interview.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: blacks; census; negro
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1 posted on 02/25/2013 5:06:21 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

But I’ll still be called a “Caucasian” right?


2 posted on 02/25/2013 5:08:40 PM PST by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Its actually one the options. it’s black,negro or african american.


3 posted on 02/25/2013 5:09:17 PM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

African American doesn’t work when you’re referring to race. Too many whites from various africa now in the US. They are more african-american than blacks who were born here.


4 posted on 02/25/2013 5:09:48 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Tzimisce

No, caucasian isn’t a choice. Only white


5 posted on 02/25/2013 5:10:14 PM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: ConservativeStatement; Fightin Whitey

Can we be called Fightin Whitey, and those other guys Indian Warriors?


6 posted on 02/25/2013 5:11:18 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: ConservativeStatement

“Negro” very clearly describes a race
“Caucasian” very clearly describes a race

Black is ridiculous, as they are no more black than I am white. Pathetic that we’re still counting along racial lines.


7 posted on 02/25/2013 5:14:23 PM PST by laweeks
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To: ConservativeStatement
"Instead of the term that came into use during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, census forms will use the more modern labels "black" or "African-American"."

Was this a "term" that came into use during the DEMOCRAT Jim Crow era, or was it the beginning of the practice of identifying and labeling people by race or color?

8 posted on 02/25/2013 5:14:34 PM PST by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Whatever we call them they will have a way to be offended by it. What will they call the tan Hybrids?


9 posted on 02/25/2013 5:16:53 PM PST by Venturer
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To: ConservativeStatement

Except for general information, why do we even need to know race? I thought the census was to determine how many people live in this country.


10 posted on 02/25/2013 5:18:24 PM PST by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

And I prefer my ethnic minority designation :Eastern European Caucasian and woe be the racist that calls me white ,especially a non-brat.


11 posted on 02/25/2013 5:18:38 PM PST by Cyman
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To: morphing libertarian

African American is the STUPIDIST label for the black race, what the heck do you call a black that isn’t American?

lol

They are black, leave it at that. And Negro is simply simply spanish for black.


12 posted on 02/25/2013 5:19:38 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

How bout we just call them American so neither party can figure out how to target them for campaigns?


13 posted on 02/25/2013 5:20:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Is this from the Federal Department of Semantics ?


14 posted on 02/25/2013 5:20:25 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: doc1019

Exactly. There is no good reason for the census to include race or even sex anymore since neither of those factors have anything to do with determining population for the purposes of representation.

If anything it is just one more divisive thing used against the people as a whole, allowing politicians to scheme.


15 posted on 02/25/2013 5:28:13 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The supposedly most color blind nation on the planet has gone absolutely berserk identifying, classifying, catagorizing, triangulating, and pandering to by race, through questionaires, “civil rights” groups, hiring quotas, think tanks, scholarships, product endorsements, entertainment, and every other concievable venue into the public consciousness. We are literally drowning with the left’s race obsession in this country.


16 posted on 02/25/2013 5:29:34 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: laweeks
Pathetic that we’re still counting along racial lines.

No doubt our Democrat masters will soon co-opt DNA technology and mandate a full genome reading for each person so that the proper reparations can be meted out, and to quantify "From each according to his abilities" to sort people into their best social purposes whether it be NASA or the NBA.
17 posted on 02/25/2013 5:29:42 PM PST by Colinsky
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To: ConservativeStatement

Are folks from Haiti or Jamaica African?


18 posted on 02/25/2013 5:33:21 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I’m old enough to remember when ‘spade’ was the fashionable term to use.


19 posted on 02/25/2013 5:34:01 PM PST by VR-21
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To: ConservativeStatement

Will the United Negro College Fund be changing its name?


20 posted on 02/25/2013 5:36:19 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: morphing libertarian

My mother was calling black people Afro Americans up until a couple of years ago. And not one of her black coworkers ever corrected her in the 20 years she worked with them. I told her it had changed to AA and she was dumbfounded. She asked when they changed and I said, “Oh about 30 years ago.” It was the first time in my lifetime I had seen her speechless.


21 posted on 02/25/2013 5:36:31 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: cripplecreek

How about we don’t have a racial identification on anything. What’s the point? We don’t need it and most people are more than one race anyway. (DNAlly speaking)


22 posted on 02/25/2013 5:39:47 PM PST by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: ConservativeStatement; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

I have a friend from Iowa, a farm boy, whom I call Agro-American.


23 posted on 02/25/2013 5:40:00 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Note that JF'nK's wife is an African-American.

There is no guarantee that the label "African-American" can guarantee a skin color, just sayin'.

24 posted on 02/25/2013 5:41:01 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: ConservativeStatement

So, which box will Obama check, considering this ethnic heritage?


25 posted on 02/25/2013 5:42:01 PM PST by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: ConservativeStatement; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
What will they call now King Creole?


26 posted on 02/25/2013 5:43:44 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: ConservativeStatement
And you must refer to terrorists and muslims as asians or, preferably...as Yoots.

You may apply the same rule to AA's etc.

Yoots or Yutes...whichever is more comfy (comfier?).

27 posted on 02/25/2013 5:44:18 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: doc1019

That’s why I refuse to answer that question. And if they’re stupid enough to think a German surname is anything but Caucasian, then screw ‘em.


28 posted on 02/25/2013 5:48:07 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Baynative

Didn’t the term negro exist during the slave era, or was it always N****r in those days?


29 posted on 02/25/2013 5:53:15 PM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: mylife
Are folks from Haiti or Jamaica African?

Their ancestors were, just as American blacks' ancestors were.

30 posted on 02/25/2013 5:55:56 PM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I agree with you, however many black families have European surnames.


31 posted on 02/25/2013 5:56:40 PM PST by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

As long as Yellowman’s designation unchanged we’ll be OK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkXeyNOBNeo


32 posted on 02/25/2013 5:57:09 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I dont know, my kids are all black and they have irish-german surnames. And first names that are middle english.

Lets just say most people dont expect them to be them.


33 posted on 02/25/2013 5:58:13 PM PST by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: GreenHornet
Will the United Negro College Fund be changing its name?

So is colored still OK as in NAACP, or as Rush puts it, the NAALCP?

34 posted on 02/25/2013 5:59:01 PM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: doc1019

I believe they got those names from there slave owners.


35 posted on 02/25/2013 6:01:38 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: luvbach1
The term gained it's very negative, derogatory sense over a long period of time, centuries. It was once merely descriptive, however. It arose out of the patois language used by slave trader and slave alike, a mishmash of linguistic origins, a variety of influences upon pronunciation. You might as well say "Nigeria" or the word for black in numerous languages, "negro," is racist, because they share the same root. Hard "g," soft "g," a world of difference in perceived intent between the two now, in the modern world. That wasn't always the case.
36 posted on 02/25/2013 6:05:39 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: ConservativeStatement
Are they keeping Cracker-Americans?


37 posted on 02/25/2013 6:08:21 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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38 posted on 02/25/2013 6:09:49 PM PST by RedMDer (Support Free Republic)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Anyone noticed a change in the Form 4473? I bought a new rifle last week and checked the space `White’ where they require you to categorize yourself.
The clerk pointed out to me, “You need to check whether or not you are `Non-Hispanic’.”
I pointed out to her I had already done that: “See, I checked `white’?” Even though I’m also Irish, a little Cherokee and a numismatist, charismatic and slightly deaf from firing too many guns without hearing-protection as a lad.
Sure enough there’s a category—a hoop I don’t recall ever having to jump through—requiring an affirmative reply that you are white, but not Latino, Chicano, La Raza, Mestizo—or whatever—even if you checked another designation.
So I asked her if I could write in “Shaved Ape.”
She said `No,’ and asked me to move along since the place was packed and busy.

Not to hi-jack your thread, but this has been griping me: I won’t be happy until we—whatever color we are—can walk into a gun shop, pick out a gun, pay over the money and walk out, skipping all the government bollocks. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, Fineswine you Nazi she-*****.
Signed, myself, a non-violent, sovereign citizen rapidly running out of chewing gum.


39 posted on 02/25/2013 6:10:49 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: luvbach1

I learn something new everyday.


40 posted on 02/25/2013 6:10:49 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: MotorCityBuck
I believe they got those names from there slave owners.

And how are the census folks going to know this just by surname?

Not trying to argue, just trying to follow your logic. ;-)

41 posted on 02/25/2013 6:11:53 PM PST by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

My grandmother was Dutch...

42 posted on 02/25/2013 6:14:42 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: ConservativeStatement
What the Census calls persons of various ethnicities should be a moot point. Just stop.

No legitimate reason exists for identifying races and ethnicities -- but plenty of illegitimate reasons are around: gerrymandering of electoral districts; encouraging claims of "victimization"; racial considerations when drawing public school attendance zones; and more.

What if we stopped? What if the Federal Government simply stopped keeping records of color, race, and ethnic origin? Wouldn't we take a big step away from racial discrimination if we just stopped keeping records of race?

Also, keep in mind that there's a practical impediment to keeping records of race: the increasing population of people of mixed race. President Obama, Tiger Woods, and many others fall into this category. I remember my late grandmother, when she would see a mixed-race couple, saying with some disdain that "some day we'll all be café au lait." I tend to agree with her conclusion, but not her disdain.

So, is a person who is part "black," part "white," part Latino, and part Asian considered a "minority" for purposes of drawing school zones and Congressional Districts? What about "Native Americans"? What about Muslims -- Sunnis, Shi'ites, Caucasian or "black" converts? Are they entitled to some sort of protected status, or consideration when electoral boundaries are drawn?

Stop the madness. Just stop. No good can come from the government taking note of race or ethnicity.

43 posted on 02/25/2013 6:16:52 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Will Cablanasian be a choice?


44 posted on 02/25/2013 6:22:50 PM PST by PGR88
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To: doc1019

I’m not sure what you mean about the census,however the slave toke the name of the slave owners last name. Being that they were his property, and all. Notice all the Jefferson’s,Washington’s,etc.


45 posted on 02/25/2013 6:27:14 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: luvbach1

I was just curious as to when the classification of people by skin color began to be seen as important. In a melting pot it seems maybe out of place unless politically motivated.


46 posted on 02/25/2013 6:27:47 PM PST by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Uh, isn’t “negro” Spanish or Latin for “black”? What’s the difference?


47 posted on 02/25/2013 6:28:09 PM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: Uncle Miltie
Won't be long before "Honky" "Cracker" "Whitey" are used for us non-colored folks.....

I am STILL awaiting a Census Question that asks "how long have you been on Welfare?" or "Have you EVER held a real job in your life?"....but....that would be "Racist"

48 posted on 02/25/2013 6:30:29 PM PST by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: doc1019

After Emancipation the freed slaves were also able to take a new name if they wished. Generally that of a famous person. Just a little more FYI. ;)


49 posted on 02/25/2013 6:34:43 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: VR-21
"I’m old enough to remember when ‘spade’ was the fashionable term to use."

Or "darkie" when mom was around.

50 posted on 02/25/2013 6:34:43 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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