By Cheryl Chumley
President Obama signed a legislatively passed amendment to the Local Public Works and Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976 that bans the federal government from using the words “Negro” and “Oriental” to describe blacks and Asians.
“Many Americans may not be aware that the word ‘Oriental’ is derogatory,” said Rep. Grace Meng on New York, Breitbart reported. “But it is an insulting term that needed to be removed from the books and I am extremely pleased that my legislation to do that is now the law of the land. The term ‘Oriental’ has no place in federal law and at long last this insulting and outdated term will be gone for good.”
The measure also updates how the federal government describes minorities, and replaces ‘Negro” with African-American and American Indians as Native Americans. The acceptable reference for Oriental is now Asian-American, Breitbart reported.
Just a few weeks ago, the Library of Congress began its official replacement of “illegal alien” with other less inflammatory references to those in the country illegally.
“Our country is a rich tapestry of cultural backgrounds and Americans of all backgrounds deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,” said Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., one of the co-sponsors of the bill.