On Oct. 30, the United States Army updated their equal opportunity policy, but neglected to extract a word that traditionally supports unequal values.
Despite former revisions the 140 Page unclassified document listed the word, “negro” as a demographic for self identification purposes. It read: “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”.
A statement released by LTC Ben Garrett in Time Magazine reads, “The racial definitions in AR600-20 para. 6-2 are outdated, currently under review, and will be updated shortly,” LTC Ben Garrett said in a statement. “The Army takes pride in sustaining a culture where all personnel are treated with dignity and respect and not discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender and national origin.”
Since the reports, several changes have been made to the document including an update for Hispanic and Latino identifiers. The policy now proposes the options:
C. Black or African American. A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
F. Hispanic or Latino. A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture of origin, regardless of race.
Watch the CNN clip in which the issue is addressed below.
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