Glenn Beck's claim that African-American is a 'bogus' term has sparked a tempest in the blogosphere.
Straight from the horses's, ahhh, mouth: “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.”
Folks, it's really hard to improve on that.
All this mess arises from the three classification on the forthcoming census, to wit: The conversation stemmed from the new Census documents that give respondents three boxes from which to chose from: Black, African-American or Negro.
And now for the clinical side of the discussion: “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?”
I imagine there is another N-word that Beck would use if he could to refer to African-Americans.
However, I suspect that the clinical term that Glenn seeks is "human." I doubt many Americans are left for the census who can make a DNA-justifiable claim to a single race.
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