WASHINGTON, DC — It’s an about face for the U.S. Army. It has removed a policy that said it was acceptable to refer to black service members as a “Negro” and issued an apology.
“The U.S. Army fully recognized, and promptly acted, to remove outdated language in Army Regulation 600-20 as soon as it was brought to our attention,” an Army spokesman said in a statement. “We apologize to anyone we offended.”
Until it was corrected, the regulation stated that “terms such as ‘Haitian’ or ‘Negro’ can be used in addition to ‘Black’ or ‘African American.'”
The new policy limits the acceptable terms to “Black or African American.”
“The Army takes pride in sustaining a culture where all personnel are treated with dignity and respect,” the Pentagon spokesman said Friday.