Breaking News

Use of 'Negro' to describe black Americans dropped in U.S. surveys

by Staff Reporter
25 February 2013 | 3322 Views
After more than a century, the U.S. Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys.

Instead of the term that came into use during the era of racial segregation, census forms will use the more modern labels "black" or "African-American."

The change will take effect next year when the Census Bureau distributes its annual American Community Survey to more than 3.5 million U.S. households, Nicholas Jones, chief of the bureau's racial statistics branch, said in an interview.

He pointed to months of public feedback and census research that concluded few black Americans still identify with being Negro and many view the term as "offensive and outdated."

"This is a reflection of changing times, changing vocabularies and changing understandings of what race means in this country," said Matthew Snipp, a sociology professor at Stanford University, who writes frequently on race and ethnicity. "For younger African-Americans, the term 'Negro' harkens back to the era when African-Americans were second-class citizens in this country."

First used in the census in 1900, "Negro" became the most common way of referring to black Americans through most of the early 20th century, during a time of racial inequality and segregation. "Negro" itself had taken the place of "coloured." Starting with the 1960s civil rights movement, black activists began to reject the "Negro" label and came to identify themselves as black or African-American.

For the 2010 census, the government briefly considered dropping the word "Negro" but ultimately decided against it, determining that a small segment, mostly older blacks living in the South, still identified with the term. But once census forms were mailed and some black groups protested, Robert Groves, the Census Bureau's director at the time, apologized and predicted the term would be dropped in future censuses.




When asked to mark their race, Americans are currently given a choice of five government-defined categories in census surveys, including one checkbox selection which is described as "black, African Am., or Negro." Beginning with the surveys next year, that selection will simply say "black" or "African American."

In the 2000 census, about 50,000 people specifically wrote in the word "Negro" when asked how they wished to be identified. By 2010, unpublished census data provided to the AP show that number had declined to roughly 36,000.

Negro Americans

Source: www.theglobeandmail.com

Should Miss World Zimbabwe have been dethroned?

Yes
34.5%
No
60.7%
Not sure
4.8%
229

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

TB Joshua Returns Tithe AGAIN!

by Ihechukwu Njoku | 08 July 2015 | 587 Views

Zimbabwean technocrat's exit package rattles SA parliament - ZIMBABWEA...

by Prosper Ndlovu | 08 July 2015 | 1464 Views

Bulawayo's dirtiest suburbs named - THE Environmental Management Agenc...

by Whinsley Masara | 08 July 2015 | 1198 Views

Woman stabs debt-ridden husband - POLICE are holding a Victoria Falls ...

by Leonard Ncube | 08 July 2015 | 872 Views

'Top cops running illegal mines' - BUBI Rural District Council has acc...

by Whinsley Masara | 08 July 2015 | 647 Views

Criminal defamation is a necessary evil, says Govt - CRIMINAL defamati...

by Daniel Nemukuyu | 08 July 2015 | 295 Views

Chinese national sues Zimbabwean magistrate for being biased - A disgr...

by Staff reporter | 07 July 2015 | 2138 Views

Obert Mpofu reads riot act - Board members who violated corporate gove...

by Staff reporter | 07 July 2015 | 2227 Views

Mugabe, Grace jets off to New York, US - President Robert Mugabe has l...

by Staff reporter | 07 July 2015 | 3644 Views

Zimbabwe Exiles angrily reacts to Malema's praise of Mugabe - The Zimb...

by Staff reporter | 07 July 2015 | 2663 Views

Of Jonathan Moyo and the Cabinet reshuffle - Am sure it is not the sub...

by Richard Mahomva | 07 July 2015 | 3784 Views

Grace Mugabe presidency unlikely - There is no doubt that Grace Mugabe...

by Conrad Nyamutata | 07 July 2015 | 4016 Views

Mugabe obsessed with power retention, says Biti - President Robert Mug...

by Staff reporter | 07 July 2015 | 2603 Views

US Embassy call for NPO proposals - The U.S. Ambassador's Special Sel...

by Machinda Marongwe | 07 July 2015 | 1769 Views

'I am rich but not a Satanist,' says Prophet Magaya - Prophet Walter M...

by Staff Reporter | 07 July 2015 | 4995 Views

'I was pretending to be holy,' says Nicholas Zakaria

by Staff Reporter | 07 July 2015 | 8308 Views

RBZ worker steal worthless Zimdollars

by Thobekile Zhou | 07 July 2015 | 3649 Views

MDC statement on Cabine reshuffle - Yesterday's cabinet reshuffle by P...

by Joshua Mhambi, MDC National Spokesperson | 07 July 2015 | 3551 Views

Kasukuwere tell city fathers that it is no longer business as usual - ...

by Staff reporter | 07 July 2015 | 5981 Views

Is Grace Mugabe's 'bedroom coup' a reality in Zimbabwe? - WHEN former ...

by Dumisani Muleya | 07 July 2015 | 4002 Views

Zimbabwe roads 'not for amateurs' - The state of Zimbabwe's roads is t...

by Marko Phiri I Reuters | 07 July 2015 | 1949 Views

'Shun 'thigh for a pass' culture,' students urged - FEMALE students in...

by Heather Charema | 07 July 2015 | 3375 Views

No problem with bedding under aged girls? - survey - Plan Internationa...

by Thobekile Zhou | 07 July 2015 | 3362 Views

Entertainment

Zim Models Awards nominees list out - The list for the inaugural Zimba...

by Staff reporter | 07 July 2015 | 1280 Views

Bigger and Better Women's Day Gospel Festival

by Entertainment Reporter | 03 July 2015 | 3698 Views

Silence Is Not Peace!, Says Bongani Ncube

by Nkosini Tshuma | 02 July 2015 | 4679 Views

Zimbabweans fail to answer a simple question like who is your former p...

by Staff reporter | 02 July 2015 | 5879 Views

Zim Achievers to host first ever winners and nominees reception - Win...

by Arts Correspondent | 02 July 2015 | 2586 Views

Team Bulawayo UK Shows cancelled - The Team Bulawayo UK shows which we...

by Thulani Nkala | 02 July 2015 | 3064 Views

DStv adds new channel for Zimbabwe viewers

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 11586 Views

Rihanna Duct Tapes Floyd Mayweather's Mouth Shut at BET Awards

by Staff Reporter | 30 June 2015 | 9759 Views
iBlog

Ios 9 Features Inspired By Android

apple announced ios 9 on monday, and while watching the keynote, i had just a little bit of déjà vu. most of ios 9's new features seem to be squarely aimed at apple's biggest rival in mobile: android. specifically, they were about catching up to ... Read More
Sergey 13 June 2015 ago

Greatsoftline For All Of Your Software Needs

coupon and promo codes: greatsoftline for all of your software needswhile some online sellers have promotional services that reduce the overall amount you spent, others do not .you need to be on the lookout for the best outlets in order to chase th... Read More
ITnews 25 February 2015 ago