The Huffington Post spoke to Arlene Hackel, a spokesperson for the New York State office of court administration, who stated that the racial identifiers actually come from the U.S. Census Bureau. Hackel told the news outlet, “We don’t have expertise in classification, so we follow their language, their classification, which is explained on the information card.”
The U.S. Census Bureau reported last year that they would officially drop the offensive racial classification this year, but New York has not made the change.
According to Hackel, a change is coming down the pike regarding the use of the term “Negro” but no specific timeframe has been given.
Meanwhile, Roberson was not chosen as a juror.