Re: “GMA anchor regrets using racial term” (Page A2, Aug. 23):

Taking offense at the use of the term “colored people” is another example of how political correctness and social media have gone too far.

Having “Good Morning America” co-anchor Amy Robach pressured to apologize for having said “colored people” on the air is absolutely ridiculous, especially when Deborah E. McDowell, director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, mentions in the same Associated Press story how the terms for African-Americans have evolved over the years.

Doesn’t McDowell realize that “NAACP,” founded in 1909 to represent her race, refers to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, an acronym the media uses on a regular basis?

Isn’t it about time that both the media and we, ourselves, begin by using our intelligence and stop referring to and identifying individuals as “black” or “white” and use the term “Americans,” plain and simple?

Kenneth A. Caprio