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Glenn Beck complains about race card, while playing race card

by rescuetruth on July 28th, 2010

Glenn Beck compares voter intimidation by a KKK member holding a noose during segregation to the New Black Panther voter intimidation case.

Although the two New Black Panther (NBP) members were not charged with voter intimidation, I do not feel that the verdict is relevant for explaining the differences between the events of the Jim Crow South, and the NBP incident.  Until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Brown v. Board of Education, blacks in the South did not have the same rights as white citizens.  Blacks were forced to use inferior schools, restrooms, drinking fountains, and public transportation.

I cannot find a moment in American history where whites were subjected to this kind of treatment.  To compare the Ku Klux Klan, a well-known hate group, to the New Black Panther movement, a group who most of us just recently heard of, is irresponsible.  While most of us have all seen the extremely disturbing video containing Shabazz, one of the NBP members accused of voter intimidation, going off on a rant about “killing cracker babies,” his speech still does not reach the magnitude of slavery, and the civil rights movement.  The NBP voter intimidation case appears to be isolated, not an one marred by years of similar incidents.

Glenn Beck says white people need to “reclaim the civil rights movement” because “we were the ones who did it in the first place.”

While whites definitely played a part in the civil rights movement, they were also the enemies during the civil rights movement.  Using phrases like “reclaiming the civil rights movement” comes off as extremely insensitive, and even racist.  Additionally, taking credit for the outcome of the civil rights movement is equally ignorant to the “reclaim” gibberish spouted by Beck.  For a long time, the civil rights legislation was merely equality on paper, and even today there are still a lot of issues to be resolved on a socio-economic level.  The fact of the matter is that if civil rights heroes like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, and others did not stand up and fight, things might not be that different in the South.  Whites obviously played a role in overturning discriminatory legislation, and marched side-by-side with blacks, but the implications of Beck’s statement goes above and beyond what is acceptable and true.

Glenn Beck claims that it is 1956 for whites, and that some blacks are out for revenge.

While I believe, as many others do, that this country could benefit from an open and honest dialog between the races, this statement is simply false.  As previously stated, there is nothing in the history of the United States indicating that whites went through, or that they are going through the same abuses as blacks – not even close.

Other ridiculous Beckisms

  • Glenn Beck claims that “the Black Panthers had a national effort to send out its party members to polling locations.”
  • Glenn Beck claims that “they need a race war.”
  • Glenn Beck claims that Obama is a racist.
  • For more insanity provided by Glenn Beck, visit the 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winning site, PolitiFact.com.
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