Word "negro" used on 2010 census form

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - "If you are offended, we as a census bureau apologize," said local census office manager, George Jamerson.

This apology comes after many people have taken offense to a word used to identify blacks on the 2010 U.S. census. The term "negro" is now clearly listed after black and African American. A recent survey is to blame.

"It was determined by the different ethnic groups and communities that we surveyed that the black community used black, African-American, and negro," explained Jamerson. But some people disagree.

"No one in their right mind would step to me and call me a negro," said King Salim Khalfani with the Virginia NAACP.

Khalfani tells us his office has been flooded with calls from people who are outraged at the use of the word negro on a government form. People we spoke with of all races felt the same.

"I do," said one woman. "I just think in general it should be an unacceptable term to be used."

"Negro, to me, is an outdated term," added another.

"I wouldn't appreciate anybody calling me a negro. We've evolved so far....and...I'm an African-American."

The 2010 U.S. census will be mailed to your mailbox this March. And while this n-word is causing so much controversy there still are no plans to remove it from the list.

"I can understand them apologizing for that being offensive," said Khalfani. "The tragedy is that it's been done. It can't be undone."

A test embedded in this census will measure the effect of removing the term in future surveys. In the 2000 census however, more than 50,000 people chose to write that they identified as negro.

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