" Asked whether calling African-Americans negroes is not being racist, Batra said: They are called negroes even today. As far as sentiments are concerned, they belong to the human race. It does not matter much."
New Delhi, July 31 - Dinanath Batra, who wants to Indianise and impart native value systems to the country's education, says it is a fact that African-Americans are called negroes, a term now globally considered offensive but which finds mention in his book taught in government schools of Gujarat.

It is a fact, you cannot deny that an African-American is called a negro. It is not a term coined by me but a historical word, the 85-year-old self-styled educational reformer, told IANS in response to a question.

Asked whether calling African-Americans negroes is not being racist, Batra said: They are called negroes even today. As far as sentiments are concerned, they belong to the human race. It does not matter much.

Blacks are now called African-Americans or Afro-Americans in the US as the historical word 'negro' was considered derogatory because of its association with slavery and subjugation of the community.


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