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Barack Obama signed a bill which banned the words “oriental” and “negro” from being used in federal law, and the final phase flew through the Senate this month.

The move was met with lots of support:

A statement from the White House confirmed other terms were also axed from federal terminology, including “Eskimo, American Indian and Aleut", to be replaced with “Alaskan Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and African American.”

It wasn't long however, before people became critical

And the arguments ranged from childish...

...to incoherent

...maybe they don't get how racism works...?

A youth conservative blog wrote a short piece on the news, in which Obama was accused of trying to “white wash” history:

It’s amazing that some people are so offended over the dumbest things. These words are a part of history; of America’s past.

Hardly anyone still uses these words today, so why cause such a fuss over nothing?

Comments on lucianne.org, a political forum, were no better:

What an utter and complete waste of time that was unnecessary. I feel like I´m living in the former Soviet Union where all history was erased. I´m so sick of the insanity in this nation!

"African American" is patronizing now?

Orwell is spinning in his grave. So what happens if tomorrow the orientals decide they want to be called oriental again, and the negroes demand they be called negro instead of patronizing them with "african-american"? And where does it say in the Constitution that it is permissible to ban language?

What'll President Obama ban next? Nuclear families? Fox News?

South Carolina?

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