Oh, Glenn…

Beck: ‘African-American is a bogus, PC, made-up term. I mean, that’s not a race.’

By: Ben Armbruster

Today on his radio show, Glenn Beck wanted to discuss the census. “Apparently the census has come out,” he said. Beck’s co-host then chimed in, “Yeah and there’s a little confusion because there’s three boxes you can check if you’re a certain race. … I don’t know what the race is because there’s three different terms for them. Black, African-American, or Negro.” Instead of having any consideration to take issue with the term “Negro,” Beck launched into a tirade against “African-American”:

BECK: African-American is a bogus, PC, made-up term. I mean, that’s not a race. Your ancestry is from Africa and now you live in America. Ok so you were brought over — either your family was brought over through the slave trade or you were born here and your family emigrated here or whatever but that is not a race.

Previously, Beck has said that he doesn’t have “a lot of African-American friends, and I think part of it is because I’m afraid that I would be in an open conversation, and I would say something that somebody would take wrong, and then it would be a nightmare.” And recently on his Fox News program, Beck hosted a group of black conservatives and complained that some of them refer to themselves as “African-American.” “Why not identify yourself as Americans?” he asked, adding, “I don’t identify myself as white, or a white American.”

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Posted on January 8, 2010, in anger, culture, politics, USA and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. God! Glenn Beck is actually trying to convince us that he walks on eggshells in social conversation with people of color, and this is why none want to be his friend? He doesn’t talk to people he thinks he will offend? So, he has this TV show because it is the only place he can be himself: a frothing, abusive, developmentally arrested sexual deviant? * bristles *

  2. i’ve always thought of it like this:
    “African-American” means that you have African heritage and you are now in the united states. This might include people whose ancestors were slaves in the United States or in the Americas or people who are (or are the children of) African immigrants. Some people choose to identify themselves as African-American because they feel like they’ve been pushed to the margins of “American” society.
    “Black” is a self given name that came about with the black pride movement after the civil rights movement. Many black people were feeling frustrated because they had always been labeled and defined by other people so the worked hard to create their own cultural identity.
    Nobody uses Negro anymore. Call someone a Negro & i promise you, you will be smacked.
    (see Jordan’s “White Over Black” or the documentary “Black Is/Black Ain’t.)
    While I actually do agree with Beck on the fact that African-American is not a race (scientifically speaking all human beings belong to the same race) I know plenty of “white” people of Irish, Italian and German ancestry who hyphenate their identities (there’s nothing wrong with being aware of where your people come from) maybe old Becky doesn’t get out that much.
    sorry for the rant 😉

  3. I love how Beck always acts as if he can’t understand how someone could do something some way, like it’s obviously wrong. I mean, I know he loves his gosh darn country and is only doing his best to keep it so nice and divided by intolerance, but don’t you think if he really loved his country he’d work at bringing people together? And also, isn’t it interesting that he’s still never fully explained why he sued to have the website named GlennBeckRapedAndMurderedAYoungGirlIn1990.com handed over to him? What is he hiding by not talking about GlennBeckRapedAndMurderedAYoungGirlIn1990.com, and what kind of site would he have created with it if he got the domain…

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