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To use or not to use – that has always been the question when tackling the validity of the word ‘Negro’ which when translated describes dark-skinned natives of Africa or the black race. Of course the derivative of that word evokes a sentiment that is not particularly respectful or endearing.

So there is no question that if there is any way to avoid usage, it might be best to find other alternatives. But the U.S. Army doesn’t seem to find anything fundamentally wrong with one of their own being referred to as “Negro” – this according to recently published regulatory itinerary under the code AR 600-20.

So basically no laws will be broken and no punishment implemented if an officer is described as the more acceptable form of the “N” word because it falls under the category of ethnicity. The document reads, “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”.

When asked about the legitimacy of the Army’s regulation around the inclusion of “Negro”, an official explained that it was merely a protocol to ensure that African-Americans have the option to choose however the wish to identify themselves.

But a spokesperson for the Army verified that the section of the document in question is outdated and is currently undergoing revision. He also re-enforced The Army’s overall adherence to maintaining cultural tolerance without any allowance for discriminatory practices.

Either way, it may be a good idea to nix the “N” word entirely considering the negative connotation assigned to it.

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  • Objection

    Either way, it may be a good idea to nix the “N” word entirely considering the negative connotation assigned to it.

    Are you serious? The word Negro appears in Martin L. King Jr.’s speech “I have a Dream” fourteen times. I guess you would like to edit his speech. Some of African-Americans greatest minds called themselves Negros. If its good enough for Marcus Garvey, Martin L. King, Harriet Tubman, and Sojourner Truth, its good enough for me.

  • Pema

    I have no problem with the word Negro — it’s just a dated term. My grandparents used the word all the time.

    • UKRATCHET

      wow. your soo delusional its sick. Seeming as weve always been labelled and never actually had the opportunity to label ourselves. Why not just ask us what we would prefer to be labelled? because im definitely not ok with being labelled by the same group that labelled my people nigger, jungleboy, junglebunny, jigaboo, negro, coon or thug and now all of a sudden im meant to believe that there aren’t any nefarious reasons behind this new decision?.

  • kj1986nyc

    We were called Negroes until the 1980’s. Negroes are a specific group of people, descendants of the transatlantic slave trade brought to the Americas from 1500s to the early 1800s, particularly in the English speaking nations. It’s not something to be ashamed of. Meanwhile cultural marxists want to refer to us a “black”, which is the acceptance of people having nothing to do with our history, just for having dark skin. The Afrocentric claims everybody as black and thus have to accept them. President Obama got rid of the term “negro” on the census in 2010, yet he is a halfbreed african of Kenyan origin, with nothing to do with the history of the Negro in the Americas. This is why he can take votes from so called “black” constituencies and never address their issues. He’s been a mockery to every so called “negro” who voted for him every since 2008!

    • Brad

      I wouldn’t advice anyone calling any black man or woman a Negro today, no matter the historical context. I also don’t recall anyone ever been called a Negro at any point in the 80’s not even the 70’s….

      As far as President Obama goes, Black folks have been voting Democratic for a long time now.

    • Objection

      In other words, Blacks stopped calling themselves Negro at the same time they stop voting Republican. Liberal Caucasians made us trade-in our dignity for government broken promises. The crime rate went up; out of wedlock births went up; and the gangs took over the neighborhood. Priceless!

    • Brad

      Black folks calling ourselves Negro with a capital “N” ain’t gonna fix any of our problems.

      Voting Republican certainly won’t fix any of them! I guess if I am honest about it voting Democratic won’t fix anything either ;-)

    • Objection

      Having one distinct name to define their culture, religion and ethnicity seems to work well for Jews. The word Jew never seems to get out dated. Maybe you can join Pharrell and become one of those “New Blacks” living in a post racial society. :)

    • Brad

      What exactly is your fettish about being called a Negro?

      I don’t find the term offensive but, I am getting a vibe that you think calling Black foks that will some how solve problems in the black community.

      Pop your collar I say then, go about your day calling yourself a Negro.

    • kj1986nyc

      It’s simple, negro refers to those descendants of the transatlantic slave trade in America and not every dark skin or mixed race person you see on earth, like how “black” lumps us all in.

    • Brad

      Isn’t the term Negro also used in reference to African people in Africa or maybe I am thinking of the term Negroid?

      I do say that in some ways the historic context of the term Negro is a positive one. After all that would be the time of the greatest generation in America.

      To be honest I have never been so overly wrapped up with the names back people here in America have gone by. I understand who we are and what we are on a whole lot of other levels besides the current name the media or some of us choose to use about ourselves.

    • kj1986nyc

      Africans have their own tribal names

    • Objection

      LOL, sounds like I hit a soft spot with you Brad. I only made comments in response to your statements. First you advised kj1986nyc not to called black men or women Negro today. Now, your stating you didn’t find the word offensive. I’m getting the vibe you’re trying to back pedal your statement. Trust me, I’m going to do more than pop my collar.

    • Brad

      I mean I do think it would be a probem to call back folks Negro today as a general rule. Don’t you think you would get some strange looks if you did.

      Now, I admit I have a friend and me and him use to always call each other Negro. We actually did that instead of using the other “N” word.

    • Objection

      Brad, you and other Blacks can call yourself what every you like. The military was giving people the option to use the word Negro. The military never said you have to call blacks Negro. Why should the option be taken off the table? Answer: because todays New Blacks have a problem with it. All you have to do is tell the person you don’t use the word. But no, that’s not good enough for the New Blacks. The military will take it off the table because the New Blacks will scream blood murder.

      I bet Lil Wanye or Rick Ross will us another N word to describe black people. BET, VH1 or MTV will give them an award for using it. That’s what I call strange. Peace.

  • Mary Burrell

    Negro sounds so 1960’s

    • [email protected]

      I saw the story on CNN during the morning. I had to pinch myself to see if this story is real. Yes, this story is for real.

  • GeekMommaRants

    Negro is Spanish for Black.