U.S. Army Apologizes for Approving the Use of the Word ‘Negro’

A soldier salutes the flag during a welcome-home ceremony for troops arriving in Fort Carson, Colo., from Afghanistan June 15, 2011.  JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES
A soldier salutes the flag during a welcome-home ceremony for troops arriving in Fort Carson, Colo., from Afghanistan June 15, 2011.
JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES

The Army realized that the word is actually outdated, so it has changed its policy.The Army is backtracking on a policy it published last month stating that “Negro” was an acceptable term to refer to black service members.

According to CNN, “Army Command Policy,” known as regulation AR 600-20, received some negative publicity after the Army released the information. Officials apparently now realize the error of their ways.

A section of the regulation stated under “Black or African American” that the category would include “[a] person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as ‘Haitian’ or ‘Negro’ can be used in addition to ‘Black’ or ‘African American.’ ”

The Army would not say how long the wording had existed in the policy or when it was last updated, but after the policy came to light, it was quickly amended.

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