Radio personality Glenn Beck spoke out against the term African American a second time during a recent broadcast, and discussed how the term colored is acceptable in other countries.
He made the controversial remarks on his Aug. 30 show, as he discussed his recent rally in Jerusalem. He asked his co-host Pat Gray, “Pat…didn’t you feel ridiculously stupid everywhere in Africa, in Europe, in South America in Jerusalem–when you would say the word, African American?”
Gray then replied, “Oh yeah, because it doesn’t apply there.”
“Because it doesn’t apply!” Beck responded. “How can people be one thing in one country and nowhere else in the world?”
Beck’s other co-host, Steve “Stu” Burguiere then questioned what the acceptable term is.
“It’s Black,” Beck replied. “In South Africa, it’s Black and colored. It’s not a bad thing. Only here. Why are we made to feel bad? African American wasn’t made to do anything except try to create a superman.”
He later said, “You’re an American…You weren’t over in Africa. Your great-great grandfather may have been, but you weren’t. Sure this country sucked for Blacks for a long time, but it doesn’t now. Be proud to be an American.”
Following the show, The Huffington Post posted an article about Beck’s rant, which later spurred a bevy of other national reports.
Beck fired back against the news site on his show the following day, saying they twisted his words into making it seem like he was advocating other countries’ use of the term “colored.”
“Why did Katherine Fung and the Huffington Post write this and allow it to run? Why? The only reason is to smear and discredit,” Beck said on the show.
Beck first denounced the term African American on his show last year as he discussed race identification on the census, according to the Post.
“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,” he said on the show. “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.”