Obama Signs Bill to Remove Offensive Names for Minority Groups from U.S. Laws
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal laws will no longer include outdated and offensive terms used to describe minority groups.
President Barack Obama signed a bill striking the several terms, including "Negro" and "Oriental" on Friday, the White House said.
Those terms will be replaced with "African American" and "Asian American."
The bill removing the terms passed the House in February and the Senate last week. No one in either chamber objected.
The language targeted by the bill had appeared in laws dating to the 1970s that attempted to define minorities.
In the Department of Energy Organization Act the phrases "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."
The same language changes will be made to the Local Public Works Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976.
- Top Stories
- Unusual News
- Where is the Money Going?
- U.S. and the World
- Appointments and Resignations
- Latest News
- EPA Waited 7 Months Too Long to Declare Emergency in Flint Water Crisis, Claims Report
- Debate over Conspiracy as War Crime Casts Shadow across Guantánamo Detainee Conviction
- Most of Syrian Refugees Arriving in U.S. are Children
- Mexican Peso Taken on Wild Ride during U.S. Presidential Campaign
- Kansas Voter ID Requirement Violates Law, Rules Court