Turns out, using "Negro" isn't objectionable. Don't take my word for it. Ask Rep. James Clyburn, former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and current House Majority Whip.
Clyburn made his surprising statement on this evening's Ed Show in the course of defending Harry Reid's "negro dialect" dictum.
JAMES CLYBURN: I don't know why people are making such a fuss about this. What is the big fuss about the word "Negro"? I support the United Negro College Fund. I support the National Council of Negro Women. We still use those two terms because they have been a part of our history for a long time. So I don't know what all this fuss is about.
So the word is now OK? Call me crazy, but even with the good congressman's imprimatur, somehow, I wouldn't advise any Republican to use it.