On the February 10 edition of Fox News' Red Eye, Fox News host Julie Banderas referred to Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) as a “Halfrican.” Obama is the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas. Host Greg Gutfeld asked Banderas, who said she is of Colombian descent, "[D]o minorities hate other minorities?" Banderas responded: “I have something in common with Obama, and I don't even know what the big deal is. He's a Halfrican anyway, so I'm not really quite sure why the Asians and the Hispanics have no -- you know, have a problem with him.”
Banderas hosts The Big Story Weekend on Fox News and regularly guest-hosts other programs on the network. Conservative media figures such as radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Brian Sussman have also used the term “Halfrican” to describe Obama. Sussman later apologized for using the term.
From the February 10 edition of Fox News' Red Eye:
GREG GUTFELD (host): Now check out this, there's a white guy in this actually doing a black power salute somewhere. There it is. I mean, what are you doing?
GUTFELD: I don't know who he is. I don't know who that is. Greg Wilson, do you know who that is?
WILSON: I have no idea who that is. You know, personally, I was offended that it was in black-and-white.
BILL SCHULZ (Fox News contributor): I think we're past that, you're right.
WILSON: I was like, what about the Mexican vote? What about the Asian votes? It's just for blacks and whites?
BANDERAS: That's why they didn't vote for him.
GUTFELD: That's true, I was going to get to that. They really - apparently that was the - do minorities hate other minorities? You're a minority.
BANDERAS: Latinos and Asians --
SCHULZ: Half of her.
BANDERAS: Well, because I think it's a -- well, I have something in common with Obama, and I don't even know what the big deal is. He's a Halfrican anyway, so I'm not really quite sure why the Asians and the Hispanics have no -- you know, have a problem with him.
SCHULZ: What does that make you? A Halombian?
BANDERAS: A Halfrilombian. A Halfricanlombian.
GUTFELD: What are you?
BANDERAS: I'm half Colombian, half American.
SCHULZ: Greg, we all know she's Colombian.