NPR is reporting that the US Census has slipped up and put “Negro” on the 2010 form. You guys know that I have a special place in my heart for this word (see the title of this blog). They claim they added it because some older African-Americans wrote it on the form in previous years. Really? I need to call Mother Dear and tell her not to do that. It’s 2010. I wonder if they actually considered adding in “colored” as well.
Census Bureau, do you really have to think about these things? Really!?!? DC is a few min away from their Suitland MD offices. I might need to send a letter or something.
I’m not surprised. I think someone may have been lashing out in a form of anti-Obama style protest. It reminds me of when that artist put a penis in the art work of the Little Mermaid VHS cover. Here’s the sccop from NPR.Org
Photo: From the 2010 questionaire. (Census.gov)
By Mark Memmott, NPR.org
The Census Bureau says it has included “Negro” as a way for individuals to classify their race in the 2010 Census because some older African-Americans wrote it on their forms in 2000.
But many African-Americans find it insulting.
— “It’s almost like a slap in the face,” Nikyle Fitzgerald tells WTOL in Toledo.
— “I am a little offended,” Dawud Ingram says to WCBS-TV.
— “It’s a bad vibe word,” Kevin Bishop says in the New York Daily News.
We’ve asked Census for some historical background on when the word has been used in the past. We’ll update with that information.
This just about made me cry. Enjoy and tell us what you think!
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I don’t even want to hear Jeezy’s version any more after hearing this (much love to him and Nas). Grey Hova has to release this. Amazing. My President IS Black! His house is all white! I’m so happy to be in Washington DC right now.
NOTE: Um…black people, is it just me or were there an “uncomfortable” amount of N-words thrown about on this video given the subject matter they are celebrating. *Shaking My Head*
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We saw one of the greatest African American moments in African American history on Nov 4th when Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of these United States. Hello, Negro wants to know about the other moments that you feel are significant in 2008. Maybe is was a terrible moment, a sad moment, a wonderful moment, or a personal moment.
What spoke to you in 2008?
What made you mad in 2008?
What made you say “That negro is crazy!” in 2008?
What moved your black, beautiful soul in 2008?
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Millions of people can’t wait for this historic event!!! I’m so excited that it’s the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” during the March on Washington. The speech is enough for me, but I hear tell there will be some entertainment.
Colorado jam-rock group Yonder Mountain String Band is scheduled to play sometime before the opening gavel at about 3 p.m. MDT. Academy Award winning actress and “American Idol” finalist Jennifer Hudson is slated to sing the national anthem.
Between 5 and 6 p.m. MDT, will.i.am — member of the hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas — will perform, accompanied by John Legend on piano, the official schedule shows. Singer Sheryl Crow is also scheduled for that hour. Then, between 6 and 7 p.m. MDT, soul legend Stevie Wonder will perform. Between 7 and 8 p.m., singer Michael McDonald is on the bill.
As for the surprise, rumors have been circulating for days that rocker Bruce Springsteen — who has endorsed Obama — would perform Thursday night shortly before or after the candidate’s speech. Continue reading
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