So absurd is the ever-changing world of politically correct terminology that even members of The View can't keep up. During a segment of the program on Monday, co-host Whoopi Goldberg actually condemned political correctness and took a stand to say that America most stop "hyphenating." She went on to explain that she is simply an "American."
"I went from being colored to being a Negro to being black to African-American," she said. "I figured I would land on African-American."
"Every time... you hyphenate American, anytime you put something in front of it, it's like you're not a real American. Well, I'm a whole lot of all American! This is my country and I'm American! You know, save your tweets and save your hate mail because you know in this case I don't care."
Newsbusters provides the video clip and transcript of Goldberg's co-hosts trying to understand how best to refer to their black counterpart:
SARAH HAINES: Can I ask for clarification, too, and Whoopi, you're the only one at the table to answer this. I've heard that you don't say the term African-American. you just call people black now.
JOY BEHAR: White people can’t keep up with this.
HAINES: I can’t either. That’s why I’m asking. I’m going to my African-American expert.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: I can't keep up with it either. You know, I went from being colored to being a Negro to being black to African-American. So, I just figured I would land on African-American. And you know what? Save your tweets! Save your tweets because here's the deal, here's the deal. You know, people get all up in arms. You know, I know I'm black. I've been black from the moment I was born. I'm very clear about it.
BEHAR: What do they tweet?
GOLDBERG: Well, they're very upset. They say, “You just don't want to be black.” No! It's not something you can change. I am black, but I, as an American, you don't really call lots of white folks white Americans. You don't call them that. You don't call them Italian-Americans, you don't do that.
BEHAR: We still do a little of that.
GOLDBERG: Some people do, but it’s not how you’re addressed. I don’t address you as an Italian American! I don’t!
FARIS: I mean, I’m half Lebanese. I don’t necessarily consider myself an Arab-American. I’m an American. But I have Arab roots.
GOLDBERG: I'm the same way. And every time you put, you hyphenate American, anytime you put something in front of it, it's like you're not a real American. Well, I'm a whole lot of all American! This is my country and I'm American. You know, save your tweets and save your hate mail because you know on this case I don't care.
HAINES: So I should just call you black?
GOLDBERG: You should just call me Whoopi!
Sadly, this kind of clarity only dawns on members of The View once in a while and only when certain encroachments impact one of its cast members personally -- in this case, political correctness has rubbed Whoopie the wrong way. When political correctness impinges on someone else's identity or beliefs, however, The View is usually the first to add fuel to the fire.