01/24/2013 05:34 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2013

Petition In Uruguay To Remove Racist Phrases From Spanish Language Dictionary

An online campaign in Uruguay is trying to eliminate racist expressions from the Spanish language.

Organizers of the campaign, which was funded by the House of Afro-Uruguayan Culture, have written a letter to Spain's Royal Academy of the Spanish Language (RAE in Spanish), asking the institution to remove the expression "trabajar como un negro" from its famous dictionary.

The expression literally means "to work like a negro" and it harks back to the days when black slaves in the Americas were brutally overworked by their white masters.

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