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Army Removes 'Negro' From Approved Terminology for Black Troops

By    |   Friday, 07 Nov 2014 11:51 AM

The Army has removed and apologized for part a document that said the word "negro" was OK to use when referring to black or African-American troops.

"The U.S. Army fully recognized, and promptly acted, to remove outdated language in Army Regulation 600-20 as soon as it was brought to our attention," Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Alayne Conway said Thursday, USA Today reported.

"The Army takes pride in sustaining a culture where all personnel are treated with dignity and respect. We apologize to anyone we offended."

CNN first brought the October 22 "Army Command Policy" to light on Tuesday.

The next day Army spokesman Lt. Col. S. Justin Platt said the Army was looking into it.

"The racial definitions in AR600-20 para. 6-2 are outdated, currently under review, and will be updated shortly," he said Wednesday. "The Army takes pride in sustaining a culture where all personnel are treated with dignity and respect and not discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender and national origin."

The day after that, the document had been amended.

Sen. Tim Scott, who became the first African-American from the South elected to the Senate since Reconstruction on Tuesday, said on Wednesday that he would reach out to the Army to help remedy the situation.

It is unclear how the endorsement of the outdated word made its way into the document.

On unnamed Army official told CNN that it could have been put in as an option for self-identification, but an officer at the Defense Department said that was "the dumbest thing I have ever heard."



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