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Obama and Congress just made federal law less racist


Barack Obama speaking at the recent White House Science Fair. (NASA/Flickr)

A significant piece of legislation was signed on Friday that you might not know about--President Obama has officially removed the offensive words "negro" and "oriental" from federal law.

The bill passed the House in February and was unanimously approved by the Senate last Monday. That's a pretty rare show of bipartisanship.

Grace Meng, a representative from New York, sponsored the bill. She told everyone how happy she was on Twitter.

In case you didn't know, "negro" is an offensive term for African-Americans while "oriental" is a derogatory way to refer to Asian people.

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Obama and Congress just made federal law less racist

Lauren Wethers

Lauren is originally from outside Saint Louis, but traveled down the Mississippi River to be a student at Tulane University, where she is the editor-in-chief of The Tulane Review and director of the New Orleans Universities Relay for Life. She has also written for NOLAWoman.com and Winnovating. One day she’ll figure out how to make the Time Turner real, but until then, she’d like to thank coffee for her success. Follow: @laurenwethers.

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