Richard Huff, Daily News Staff Writer, January 8, 2010
Glenn Beck may have stepped in it again.
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.
“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.