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Glenn Beck Speaks on “African American”

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Just found this on Media Matters for America via HuffPo.  Glenn Beck, a man who has no thorough understanding of history, genetics or, really, anything, thinks that African American is a PC term.

(Click link to hear Beck’s words)

News flash to Glenn Beck: all racial/ethnic identifiers are man-made.  No, African Americans are not a race, but neither is negro or white.  Repeat: white is not a race!   It’s a carefully constructed social grouping that has been given weight by laws that the people in power enforce. 

If African Americans weren’t ripped from the motherland, stripped of their culture and kin we’d probably be calling ourselves Bantu Americans or Tutsi Americans or Kenyan American or Nigerian American (yeah, Nigerian even after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab).  But since we don’t have those things we made up our culture mixed in with the plantation mindset your white American forefathers left us with.  And even though you have been trying to name, categorize and belittle us for over 200 years you don’t get a say in whether we call ourselves Negro, Black, African American, Afro American or the Hip Hop Progenitors.  You just call us by whatever incarnation we decide we are going to be that decade.

Or if you ever got to know  any of us a personal level you can call us by our first name.

Except for me.  It’s Ms. Sardonic Sistah to you.

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Written by rentec

8 January, 2010 at 9:55 pm

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  1. The article:

    The whole issue apparently merited discussion because three of the available boxes to check in order to identify your race are “Black,” “African-American” and “Negro.”

    Beck was quick to clarify:

    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.
    ……………………………

    Uh…Why is any of this upsetting? Is it not true? You have to check one of three boxes that for all practical purposes mean the same thing. I think “Bleached” is a pretty cool-sounding ethnic group. Where’s my 3 boxes? “White”, “Caucasian”, or “Bleached”? I think it’s a liberating homage to my culture and not at all a laughable waste of paper or brain cells.

    If you disagree with me, you’re a racist.

    Webchameleon

    17 January, 2010 at 4:55 am

  2. 🙂

    Zen

    26 January, 2010 at 4:24 pm


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