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Glenn Beck: African-American a bogus made-up term

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Last Edited: January 8, 2010, 5:42 pm

Glenn Beck: African-American 'a bogus, PC, made-up term'; 'not a race'

Richard Huff
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

 

Friday, January 8th 2010, 10:40 AM

 

Glenn Beck's claim that African-American is a 'bogus' term has sparked a tempest in the blogosphere.
Glenn Beck's claim that African-American is a 'bogus' term has sparked a tempest in the blogosphere.

Glenn Beck may have stepped in it again.

Sort of.

The radio host and Fox News Channel commentator has folks in a minor uproar for even questioning the term African-American on his syndicated radio show Thursday.

“African-American is a bogus, PC, made-up term,” Beck said, in a discussion about the new Census forms.

That is not a race. Your ancestry is from Africa, and now you live in America. Okay, so you were brought over, either your family was brought over in the slave trade, or you were born here and your family immigrated here, or whatever. But that is not a race.”

Beck’s on-air guests agreed, noting the frequent misuse of African-American as a label, using, for instance, the term incorrectly applied to  someone from Jamaica. Also, it’s not used to describe South African-born Charlize Theron. who is white and now a U.S. citizen.

The conversation stemmed from the new Census documents that give respondents three boxes from which to chose from: Black, African-American or Negro.

The watchdog group Media Matters picked up on the conversation and posted a clip on its Web site as has Thinkprogress.org.

“Negro used to be — is it still — not acceptable, is that still the clinical term, I don’t know,” Beck said. “It has negative connotations in this country. But what I’m asking is: what are the clinical categories?”

Not surprising, the clip, now circulating in the blogosphere, has generated a load of anti-Beck comments.

Last July, Beck created a real firestorm when when, during an appearance on the Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends,” he said President Obama’s initial reaction to the Henry Louis Gates Jr. arrest situation in Cambridge, Mass., suggested a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”

The show’s co-host, Brian Kilmeade then reminded Beck Obama had many whites in prominent positions.

“I’m not saying he doesn't like white people. I'm saying he has a problem,” Beck responded. “This guy is, I believe, a racist.”

 

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Comments

1.
ToddComment by Todd - January 8, 2010, 10:35 pm
How dare Glenn Beck discuss anything to do with that term. Must be a racist!! (Hopefully the sarcasm is making its way through pretty clearly.)

The reaction to his comments sound just like the reaction scientists make when anyone dares to discuss global warming. Then, of course, global warming turned out to be a crock.

People have obviously lost the ability to speak their mind. It is enforced by screaming babies who can't stand to hear any opinion that does not agree with theirs. If someone wants to slam Christians, Republicans, and/or conservatives, then it's OK -- anything else cannot even be mentioned, even in theory.

Things be sounding more and more socialist every day.
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truecriticComment by truecritic - January 9, 2010, 5:26 am
While I may not often agree with Beck, he is definitely on point with this one. Besides the fact that Africa is an entire continent, not a country. Irish-American refers to people from Ireland. Greek-American, people from Greece. etc; Those are particular countries - not continents.

Plain and simple it is incorrect and should be changed.
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Rick GComment by Rick G - January 9, 2010, 12:44 pm
The distinctions (e.g., African-American) have been made to keep us separated. Humans are all the same, just with different packaging. They keep us focused on the packaging differences, not the human underneath the packaging. If you think about it, what does race have to do with ANYTHING? Yet we are bombarded with "race" to emphasize the (superficial) differences and create a chasm where none should exist. Another good example of this is the women's lib movement. That was created to divide men and women and fracture the family unit. Judging by the increased divorce rates since 1970, it has been very effective. We have been (and are being) played like a cheap violin and no one seems to hear the discordant music.
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konaneComment by konane - January 9, 2010, 5:38 pm
We've been infected with a fatal disease called PC for years. There are precious few differences which have been blown out of proportion by the elitists who intend to CONTINUE controlling us. We need to unite as Americans to prove their plan isn't working and won't ever work again.

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