Antiquated Document Raises Concerns
Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth and Congressman Alcee Hastings introduced a bill today in an attempt to force the Department of Defense to review in-use documents containing racially and otherwise insensitive information. The Office of Management and Budget implemented standards on racial terminology more than 20 years ago, but it appears the DoD has not listened, as a piece of documentation containing racially insensitive language has surfaced.
In her statement on the bill, Duckworth pointed out that the issue arose due to the mailing of an outdated form to a deceased serviceman’s family contained the word “negroid” as a classification of race. Duckworth and Hastings expressed “shock” at the use of the word, while also calling it “un-excusable” that the term is still in use more than 20 years after it was mandated the word cease in its use. The main purpose of the bill, is to require the DoD to study its in-use forms and periodically submit reports with information on those forms which contain insensitive information to the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee. Senators Ron Wyden, Patrick Leahy, Ed Markey and Amy Klobuchar have joined Duckworth and Hastings in the sponsorship of the bill.