This is getting confusing.
First the Census Bureau is hammered for having "negro" as a choice for race on the 2010 forms. Apparently some of the older African-American, er, blacks wrote the term in on the 2000 version and the bureau wanted to be more sensitive this time around. For that they are being called insensitive.
Then Glenn Beck was ripped for calling attention to this and declaring that "African-American" isn't really descriptive enough for race, getting hammered despite the fact that Theresa Heinz-Kerry called herself an African-American during the 2004 election. Are Egyptian-Americans not considered African-Americans these days?
Now Harry Reid has apologized for using the term 'negro' to describe Barack Obama in 2008, making a distinction about Obama's light skin and his wandering dialect depending on which crowd he was addressing, even though some decent evidence exists to support the chameleon crowd contention.
Does this mean the Census Bureau also needs to apologize to Obama? Or should Obama not accept Reid's apology in deference to the older blacks who still prefer to be called Negroes? Will those people now support Reid? Did they support Rush Limbaugh?
Surely the government has a department to straighten all of this out. After all, at some point some agency somewhere must have made the official call on who gets called what in America. Or was it Census?