(Los Angeles Times) After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys.
Instead, census forms will use "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Negro and that many view the term that came into use during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation as "offensive and outdated."Census Bureau drops use of ‘Negro’ in surveys