Saturday, May 21, 2016

Obama signs measure striking 'oriental' and 'negro' from federal law

President Obama has signed legislation striking outdated racial terms such as “Oriental” and “Negro” from federal laws.

Two sections in the U.S. Code written in the 1970s governing public health and civil rights attempted to define minority groups by using the outdated terms.

Thanks to the new law, references to the term “Oriental” will be replaced with “Asian American” and the word “Negro” will be changed to “African American.”


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