Man, this just seems dumb and tone deaf. Question number 9 on this year’s census form asks if people are “Black, African-American, or Negro.” Seriously? According the Daily News, census bureau spokesdude Jack Martin justifies it thusly:
Many older African-Americans identified themselves that way, and many still do,” he said. “Those who identify themselves as Negroes need to be included.
But Brooklyn resident Kevin Bishop doesn’t see it that way: “It’s a bad vibe word. It doesn’t agree with me, doesn’t agree with my heart.”
It’s funny, though, because question number 11 doesn’t really bother me: “Are you Irish, a Mick alcoholic, a potato-eating drunk, a sock-less papist monkey, or a filthy Irish trolley-dodger, who drinks, also?”