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Washington - Obama Signs Bill Striking Offensive Terms From US Laws

Published on: May 23, 2016 05:35 PM
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Washington - Federal laws will no longer include outdated and offensive terms used to describe minority groups.

President Barack Obama signed a bill striking the several terms, including “Negro” and “Oriental” on Friday, the White House said.

Those terms will be replaced with “African American” and “Asian American.”

The bill removing the terms passed the House in February and the Senate last week. No one in either chamber objected.

The language targeted by the bill had appeared in laws dating to the 1970s that attempted to define minorities.

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In the Department of Energy Organization Act the phrases “a Negro, Puerto Rican, American Indian, Eskimo, Oriental, or Aleut or is a Spanish speaking individual of Spanish descent” will be replaced with “Asian American, Native Hawaiian, a Pacific Islander, African American, Hispanic, Puerto Rican, Native American, or an Alaska Native.”

The same language changes will be made to the Local Public Works Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976.



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 May 23, 2016 at 07:19 PM Anonymous Says:

So I'll use the politically correct term to describe him too....intellectually, morally and honesty-challenged. But at least he can read nicely from a TelePrompTer.

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 May 23, 2016 at 08:18 PM Boomworm120 Says:

I don't think these terms are remotely offensive. It's not like these period documents used actual racial slurs to describe ethnic minorities.

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 May 23, 2016 at 08:26 PM shvache_teritz Says:

Someone seems to have serious business to attend to

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 May 23, 2016 at 08:59 PM For good reason Says:

Mr. Obama is afraid of the language that the history books will use to describe him. He has good reason to fear this. However, it is not "Negro" and the like that should concern him. It's "Incompetent," "Weak," "Anti-Semitic," and the like that history will attribute as his legacy.

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 May 24, 2016 at 07:03 AM Anonymous Says:

If one cannot be sensitive to the feelings of others, do not expect others to be sensitive to yours.

When Jews were offended by the name of the town in Spain, Castrillo Matajudios ("camp kill jews"), some of the residents in the town resisted changing the name but it was eventually changed to Castrillo Mota de Judios ("Jews' hill camp"). There are still some areas of the US where they use the term "jew down" to refer to ruthless bargaining—are you OK with that?

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 May 24, 2016 at 07:47 AM bewhiskered Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

So I'll use the politically correct term to describe him too....intellectually, morally and honesty-challenged. But at least he can read nicely from a TelePrompTer.

"So I'll use the politically correct term to describe him too....intellectually, morally and honesty-challenged."

You forgot black, which is what you're really too cowardly to say, right?

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 May 24, 2016 at 07:53 AM bewhiskered Says:

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Anonymous Says:

So I'll use the politically correct term to describe him too....intellectually, morally and honesty-challenged. But at least he can read nicely from a TelePrompTer.

"However, it is not "Negro" and the like that should concern him. It's "Incompetent," "Weak," "Anti-Semitic," and the like that history will attribute as his legacy."

Tell me Professor, where did you earn your advanced degrees in history that you speak with such authority? Or, is this the usual lame wishful thinking of those who hate the President personally? Stop listening to Limbaugh and learn a דף גמרא instead.

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 May 25, 2016 at 12:58 AM Moone Says:

These politically correct terms makes it impossible to understand to whom they're referring to. Hilarious.

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 May 25, 2016 at 01:02 AM Moone Says:

The world would be an even a better place if we call them strictly by their color such as:
black Americans, yellow Americans, red Americans, white Americans, brown Americans, colored Americans, etc.

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