Army apologizes; reverses policy approving the use of word ‘Negro’

The U.S. Army has removed a regulation that allowed black soldiers to be referred to as “Haitian” or “Negro” in a edition to black or African-American, two days after CNN first reported on it.

The language was included in the “Army Command Policy,” or AR 600-20 that was released on October 22, according to CNN.

The Army issued a statement through a spokesman about the change.

“The U.S. Army fully recognized, and promptly acted, to remove outdated language in Army Regulation 600-20 as soon as it was brought to our attention,” the statement read. “We apologize to anyone we offended.”

On Wednesday Army spokjesman  Lt. Col. S. Justin Platt said “The racial definitions in AR600-20 para. 6-2 are outdated, currently under review, and will be updated shortly. The Army takes pride in sustaining a culture where all personnel are treated with dignity and respect and not discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender and national origin.”

With matters of national security such as Iran and North Korea’s growing nuclear capabilities and ISIS I know I feel safer now that the Army has addressed this major issue.

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Carmine Sabia

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