[Ads-l] Last (?) dated/archaic ethnic terminology stricken from US federal laws

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 11 20:44:41 EDT 2016


As we used to say in high school:

"Ho. Ho. That's. Rich."

On Wed, May 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM, Benjamin Barrett <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Just passed and sent to President Obama for signing, a congressional law
> striking a number of terms from what are stated in the article below as the
> last two federal laws with ethnic terms not deemed acceptable. Despite this
> claim, the article notes that “colored” remains in one section of federal
> law. (The article also notes that terms remain when part of a proper noun
> such as in the United Negro College Fund.)
>
> The article also cites examples that remain at the state and local level.
>
> "U.S. Laws Will No Longer Sound Like a Vaguely Racist Uncle”
> by Matt Ford
> http://theatln.tc/21YgCXz
>
> ======
> In one section of the Department of Energy Organization Act, “a Negro,
> Puerto Rican, American Indian, Eskimo, Oriental, or Aleut or is a Spanish
> speaking individual of Spanish descent” will be replaced with “Asian
> American, Native Hawaiian, a Pacific Islander, African American, Hispanic,
> Puerto Rican, Native American, or an Alaska Native.”
>
> Another section of the bill erases “Negroes, Spanish-speaking, Orientals,
> Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts” from a 1976 public-works act and adds “Asian
> American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders, African American, Hispanic,
> Native American, or Alaska Natives” in its place.
> =====
>
> The bill is S2649/HR4238: AMENDING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ORGANIZATION
> ACT AND THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT AND INVESTMENT ACT OF
> 1976
> (http://1.usa.gov/1UU1jy3)
>
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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>



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