Friday, January 23, 2004

From blog correspondent John Boyden
I knew this was going to happen someday, somewhere in the States. Glad it finally did!

High-school students promote white student for ‘African-American’ award
And I'm sure Trevor Richards is a fine young chap.

This is what the well-meant but patronizing term African-American (meaning black, the latter a perfectly good usage of about 300 years' standing to describe somebody's ethnicity) deserved - to be sent up by some clever high-schoolers!

IIRC during the most recent Olympics when some athlete or team from a sub-Saharan African country won an event, the announcer was trying to say it was the first time a black athlete had won it but, hamstrung by political correctness, habit or both, blurted out it was the first time an 'African-American' had won it - and the person wasn't American!

JB: This is the problem with politically correct terms. If they mean black they should indicate 'black' since Africa is a continent made up of several degrees of skin color. It would be interesting if someone started up an award for 'white students'. [End.]

‘Jewish lobby’ is an anti-Semitic term, says US diplomat
'...what he found unacceptable about the use of the term was its inference that "somehow the Jews control the US".'

JB: Did I miss something here? Like HOW that is the case.

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