Glenn Beck Speaks on “African American”
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.