This bill would require the Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) and the Dept. of the Interior to change the terminology used to describe the racial background or place of origin of people in regulations concerning USDA programs for financing and insuring loans for properties in rural areas and the 1974 development plan for Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.
The USDA would replace “Negro or Black” with “Black or African American”, “Spanish Surname” with “Hispanic”, and “Oriental” with “Asian American or Pacific Islander”.
Interior would replace “Negro” with “Black or African American”, “Oriental” with “Asian American or Pacific Islander”, and “Eskimo” and “Aleut” with “Alaska Native”. It would also replace the definition of “Negro” with the definition of “Black or African American” as “a person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa”.