Legislation backed by Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) to remove from federal law several racial terms now considered offensive is headed to the White House for President Obama’s signature.
Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) co-sponsored the bill, which strikes the term “Oriental” from existing federal law and replaces it with “Asian American.” HR 4238 also removes the terms “Negroes,” “Indians” and “Eskimos” from federal law.
“Orientals is an offensive and antiquated term, especially so when referring to America’s vibrant Asian American community,” Royce said in a statement. “Using this term in federal law lends it a legitimacy it doesn’t deserve.”
Source:: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce