Saturday, January 9, 2010
The 2010 U.S.A census will include the term "negro" as a selection for describing your race. The word negro will be included in the same selection as black and African American.
Some Americans, notably so, African Americans, are bothered by this term being added to the census. They feel the term is unnecessary and brings back hurtful memories.
A U.S. Census Bureau spokesman stated the term "negro" will be used as an identifier for older African Americans. Apparently, in the 2000 census results, respondents wrote in the term "negro" as a response for race. "Many older African-Americans identified themselves that way, and many still do. Those who identify themselves as Negroes need to be included", stated the Spokesman.
The decision to include the term "negro" was approved by Congress over a year ago. The term was originally used in census as far back to at least 1950. Arguably, that was only 60 years ago, and some respondents may still be alive and familiar with identifying with that term.
Honestly, I do not see anything wrong with adding the term. It seems to do more good than harm. Negro is added to the same selection as black and African American, so its not a separate response, they are all considered one in the same. However, some critics do not see the need for race identification. They believe the census should just ask about citizenship and that's all. For research and statistic purposes, I think its not too much to ask to include race identification, in order to get a proper head count of the entire population.
What do you think? Do you still think the term is offense, even if in use for statistical purposes?