- "Good Morning America" anchor Amy Robach apologizes for using term "colored people"
- John McWhorter: It's not the right term to use, but isn't a racist epithet like the N-word
John McWhorter teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy and music history at Columbia University and is the author of "The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Our culture has become rather exquisitely attuned to spotting when people use the N-word and drawing conclusions about their character when they do so. But variety is the spice of life, and now it's time to be angry that Amy Robach on "Good Morning America" referred to black people as "colored people." We are to speculate over whether that means the letter R is more than just the first one in Robach's last name, but also signifies that she, like Ellen Degeneres was adjudged by some last week, is a (shhh!).