Imagine teaching a foreign speaker the nuances of the English language.
For instance, you drive on the parkway and park on the driveway. Or you can’t say “colored people” without sounding bigoted—or at least a little foolish—but you can say “people of color.”
MSNBC host Peter Alexander made this gaffe Thursday while speaking to the president of the NAACP. Alexander concluded the interview by saying, “As the president honors this country’s colored people.”
Alexander didn’t flinch. NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous chuckled.
Later in the broadcast, Alexander tried to gently, ever-so-kindly remove his foot from his mouth. He said, “If any of my words in that conversation were of any offense I want to take this time to apologize. We do want to congratulate all people of color today.”
At least he nailed it the second time.
Here’s the video.