On Tuesday, Glenn Beck explained and defended why he’s not a fan of using the term African American. Almost immediately, those comments led to several articles throughout the mainstream media blasting him. On Wednesday, then, Beck took time to explain why those articles misconstrued what he said.
The biggest offender according to Beck? The Huffington Post.
In a piece titled “Glenn Beck: Term ‘Colored’ Is ‘Not A Bad Thing,’ ‘African American’ Is ‘Ridiculously Stupid’ (AUDIO),” HuffPo said beck “insisted” that “‘colored’ was a better term.” That was news to Beck, who on his radio show Thursday delivered a nearly 15-minute response.
“Never did I say that,” Beck said. “Never.” He pointed to the use of quotes in the headline, which he said showed he didn’t make one continuous statement and that HuffPo had to pull from different parts of his comments to put together an attack.
“The Huffington Post yesterday or printed today something that is the biggest lie, fabrication, out of context evil I think I’ve seen and I’ve seen a lot,” he said earlier in the program. “The Huffington Post takes something so far out of context, it’s not even close and you have to ask yourself, ‘why?’”
“Now, if you listened to the program yesterday, you know that is not what I said,” he added later. “That is so far from taking something out of context. That is a total and complete smear on my reputation.”
Beck pointed to a transcript from Tuesday’s discussion to show the context:
GLENN: The truly amazing thing what she said at the end if you can’t be true to yourself, what are you doing. If you can’t find courage now you’re not going to find it when you really need it. It does take courage. That’s why we just had Restoring Courage. You have to not care about political correctness anymore. It doesn’t matter. Pat correct me if I’m wrong, didn’t you feel ridiculously stupid everywhere in Africa, in Europe, in South America, in Jerusalem, when you would say the say the words African-American?
PAT: Oh, yeah. Because it doesn’t apply there.
GLENN: It doesn’t apply. Now how can people be one thing in one country, and nowhere else in the world?
STU: Such a great point: What are you supposed to say? What is the acceptable term?
PAT: We don’t know.
PAT: African British? African Israeli?
STU: Just like white.
GLENN: It’s black. In South America or I mean in South Africa it’s black and colored. And I don’t remember the difference but there is a difference.
PAT: One was indigenous and the other had come from somewhere else.
GLENN: Yes, and I don’t remember which one’s which
PAT: I don’t either.
GLENN: Maybe it was colored that was also Indian or elsewhere.
PAT: But we have been taught here that colored is really a bad thing to say. Because, ‘What color are they?” Well, okay, you got us to stop saying that but in other parts of the world they still do.
GLENN: Yeah, and it’s not a bad thing. Only here. Why are we made to feel bad? Notice this. African-American was not made to do anything except try to create a Superman, ‘oh don’t you dare feel bad about yourself, you’re African-American.’ No, you’re an American. Instead of building the country up and saying ‘look it, we all have the right here in this country. Look what happened with Martin Luther King. That makes you an American.’ Judge not by the color of your skin. And you weren’t over in Africa. You’re great great grandfather was, your great great great great grandfather may have been, but you weren’t. And sure this country sucked for blacks. Sucked. Beyond sucked for a long time. But it doesn’t now. It doesn’t now. Be proud to be an American.
Video of the relevant section from Tuesday’s show is below:
“The point of this monologue yesterday was, you feel how ridiculous it is when you are– you can’t just go up to someone and say…’hey, you’re a group of African Americans,’ you’d never say that, but you can’t say that because it’s inaccurate,” Beck said passionately, and agreed with his co-host Stu that people apply labels for “no reason.” The two then pointed to part of the discussion where Stu praised blacks because they are “American:”
I’ve always felt it’s such an insult, the idea of African-American, that they for some reason need to have some qualifier…some distinction as if they’re different from us. They’re Americans. They’re just like us. They are 100% Americans. They deserve every right. And they have every responsibility that everyone else has.
“I’m explaining what’s happening in South Africa!” Beck exclaimed after Stu pointed out that he’s not advocating for Americans to use the term “colored.”
He then scolded the media for seeming to have an agenda and issued a warning: “But the American people are already seeing through you. They’re already seeing through you. You’re so arrogant and so lost you don’t even know that you’re time is coming to an end.”
“It’s coming,” he said.
Watch the entire clip below: