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house Bill H.R. 4238

Removing "Oriental" and Other Dated Terms to Describe Minorities from Federal Laws

Argument in favor

Derogatory terms have no place anywhere in respectable public discourse, let alone in federal law. Modernizing terms used to describe minorities in federal law should be a continuous effort.

Edward's Opinion
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03/01/2016
How about use one description United States of America citizen. No more No Less than that.
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CPMonroe's Opinion
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03/01/2016
We should reject & remove discrimination wherever we find it.
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Ben's Opinion
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05/18/2016
The language we use in all areas of life shapes how we perceive the world. Derogatory language should have no place in legislative nomenclature
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Argument opposed

The terms used to describe minority groups in federal laws might be offensive to some — but Congress has more important things to do than spend time trying to correct its past mistakes.

Daniel's Opinion
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03/01/2016
Waste of time. It will make no difference. Stop getting butt hurt about pointless things
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Ryan's Opinion
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03/01/2016
Stop trying to be politically correct! Laws should not change just because one group feels offended for someone else. That is what is happening. Besides, we have bigger fish to fry. Joblessness, terrorism, government abuse of power, persecution of first ten amendments of the constitution. Stop pandering to liberal feelings! You don't have the right to not be offended! That's why it's called free speech! I'm not required to like anyone, or agree with anyone!
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Billy's Opinion
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03/01/2016
The political correct nature of the nation is getting out of hand.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedMay 20th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed May 9th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed February 29th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 376 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Energy
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedDecember 11th, 2015

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    Let's not further the racial inequalities that have plagued our past, and move forward as a country to be less offensive to different minority groups
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    Waste of money removing terms from old records.
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    The language used in our governmental documents should reflect changing attitudes and values. In particular, the use of old, racist, obsolete designations should be eliminated. All government documents should use language that is inclusive and correctly descriptive.
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    This is useless! It changes nothing and doesn't even need to be given attention.
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    1. Congress has more important issues to deal with. 2. You will never be able to find words that describe race that makes everybody happy. Too many people are looking to be offended, so you will never be able to appease these "delicate flowers". 3. Within the First Amendment is the freedom of speech. Nowhere in that Amendment does it contain a clause that speech that may hurt someone feelings is not protected. 4. Maybe we as a nation we should throw away all the hyphens (Asian-Am., African-Am., Mexican-Am., etc) and just all be American. Whether you are born here or naturalized, you are an American, period. We need to stop dividing ourselves based on conditions of birth. 5. Maybe I would consider something like this after the National Association for the Advancement of COLORED PEOPLE changes their name.
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    This is ridiculous. Should we go through every towns old laws and change all of them too? We are wasting time and money trying to be politically correct, it's like we care more about the way we sound and look instead of actually doing anything to help more people. We could easily end our military intervention and help people in Asia instead of changing our laws so we don't call them "oriental".
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    Congress needs to deal with "real" congress issues and this is not one of them. What a stupid waste of time. No wonder Americans are so upset with politicians.
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    I think that we should always be updating and changing the language that we use to respect people.
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    All of these labels serve further to separate us. They are outdated and unnecessary
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    Always american first, for example, american Italian. Not Italian American, with respect to and only to Native Americans. The liberal tree hugging morons have created a politically correct "pussified " nation. Everyone needs to stop crying all the time.
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    There are more pressing issues to deal with first
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    oriental has historically been used as an inaccurate way to categorize groups of people which in these times of increased globalization it is no longer accurate to refer to a diverse group of many different kinds of people as a single monolithic term.
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    Why worry if you're a minority. Remove minority and become equal.
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    Why not?
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    I support the ideal of the bill, just not the verbiage and the suggested changed terms
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    This seems to me like common sense, don't use derogatory terms for POC and everyone wins.
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    Just make sure you remove "Caucasian" too. Early on, it was used in political language for assertion of power and dominion over people. So don't just do that for the minorities
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    Some, but not all seem necessary - and where is European American? We are all Americans. Negro is outdated but means black in Spanish.
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    Good job. We should move everything towards inclusive language! (3.6 hours pass as I reflect) any language changes to U.S. Bills & Laws, etc. should not be up to voting. Political speech should be broad enough to update any & all changes so as to free up the time of our Legislators.
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    I think we have bigger problems to worry about
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