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Army OKs Use of Term 'Negro" but Says It's 'Under Review'

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Nov 2014 10:21 PM

A new Army regulation revision says a service member can be referred to as a "Negro" when someone is describing "black or African-American" personnel – a term that has been officially abandoned by the Census Bureau and has long been out use in public parlance.

CNN, which first reported the language in regulation AR 600-20, noted that the revision was published Oct. 22, though Army officials couldn't say how recently the term "Negro" was added.

A black or African-American is described in the regulation as "a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as 'Haitian' or 'Negro' can be used in addition to 'black' or 'African American.'"

An Army spokesman told CNN the definitions are "under review."

"The racial definitions in AR600-20 para. 6-2 are outdated, currently under review, and will be updated shortly," he said.

"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."

One Army official speculated the word was added so that when forms are filled out, a black or African-American person could "self-report" and choose to identify himself as a Negro, CNN reported.

Another military officer, however, derided that explanation as "the dumbest thing I have ever heard," noting the Pentagon doesn't use the word in any of its voluminous demographic data.

The Census Bureau stopped using the term "Negro" in 2013 after it was determined that few black Americans still identify as Negro, and that many view the term as "offensive and outdated," Army Times reports.

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A new Army regulation revision says a service member can be referred to as a "Negro" when someone is describing "black or African-American" personnel – a term that has been officially abandoned by the Census Bureau and has long been out use in public parlance.
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