'Oriental' and 'Negro' Will No Longer Appear In US Federal Law
The derogatory terms will be replaced with "Asian American" and "African American."By Lauren Stephenson | May 21, 2016
While Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill rarely see eye-to-eye, they did agree on one thing recently: Derogatory terms must be removed from federal law.
Up until Friday, two acts in a section of the U.S. Code that deals with public health and welfare used the terms "Oriental" and "Negro." They were written in the 1970s.
Both the House and Senate unanimously passed a bill that replaces those terms with "Asian American" and "African American."