“Good Morning America” host Amy Robach has made an apology for her recent foot-in-mouth moment on air.
The talkshow host came under fire Monday, after she reported a story about Zendaya in which she used the term “colored people.” Robach said:
“We all know Hollywood has received recent and quite a bit of criticism for casting white actors in what one might assume should be a role reserved for colored people.”
After the broadcast, social media users on Twitter criticized Robach for her choice of words:
In a statement issued on Monday afternoon, Robach clarified that she had mistakenly said “colored people” when she really meant to say “people of color.”
“I sincerely apologize,” Robach added. “It was a mistake and is not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life.”
Robach made what seems to be an honest mistake, but it’s one that definitely needed a correction. In the past, “colored people” was an accepted term used by white and black people alike (the “CP” in NAACP stands for “Colored People”). Today, however, in addition to “negro” and “Afro-American,” it is considered an outdated term which offends many black people.
So, to anyone still using “colored” to refer to black people in 2016: do better.