Angry? Who’s Angry?
Vol: 107 Issue: 27 Friday, August 27, 2010
A number of alleged civil rights leaders have denounced TV host Glenn Beck’s plans to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th, forty-seven years to the day after Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech.
According to Beck, the purpose of the rally, dubbed “Restoring Honor” is to pay tribute to American military families and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream, as articulated on that day forty-seven years ago, when a person would be measured by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.
Forty-seven years later, Dr. King’s dream has yet to be realized. The alleged civil rights leaders that are objecting to the rally are objecting on the grounds that Glenn Beck is white and Martin Luther King was black.
The ‘civil rights’ leaders claim that by holding the rally on that date, Beck is attempting to hijack the civil rights movement, which evidently has been misunderstood to mean civil rights for all, instead of only for people who are non-white.
Beck responded to the criticism by explaining that the choice of the MLK anniversary was coincidental. He said he had originally planned to hold the rally on September 12 but realized it fell on a Sunday.
“I’m not going to ask anybody to work on the Sabbath,” he said, so he rescheduled it for August 28th because it worked best for everybody’s schedule.
Having said that, Beck went on to say that even if he hadn’t intended it, it turned out to be Providential:
“I believe in divine providence. I believe this is a reason [the date was chosen], because whites don’t own the Founding Fathers. Whites don’t own Abraham Lincoln. Blacks don’t own Martin Luther King. Humans, humans embrace their ideas or reject their ideas. Too many are rejecting the Founders’ ideas. Too many have forgotten Abraham Lincoln’s ideas and far too many have either gotten just lazy or they have purposely distorted Martin Luther King’s ideas of judge a man by the content of his character. Lately, in the last 20 years, we’ve been told that character doesn’t matter. Well, if character doesn’t matter, then what was Martin Luther King asking people to judge people by?”
According to ‘civil rights leaders’ (which is here used as a euphemism for race-baiting rabble rousers) the choice of August 28th for Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally is “insulting” to black people and especially to Martin Luther King, who dreamed of a day when skin color would be irrelevant.
Beck doesn’t get it, says Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League:
“August 28 is something special. It is a day that means something in American history because it was the demonstration in the United States in support of civil rights.”
Rabble rouser, er, I mean, Civil Rights Leader Reverend Al Sharpton was equally incensed that a white guy would dare to even speak Dr. King’s name, let alone attempt to honor him. According to Sharpton, the rally is really
“an effort to embarrass and poke a finger in the eye of the civil rights community because Glenn Beck and his public utterances don’t necessarily demonstrate a consistency with the vision of King.”
Sharpton doesn’t detail how Beck’s utterances are inconsistent with Dr. King’s, primarily because it would sound racist for Sharpton to say it is because of the color of Beck’s skin.
Sharpton has his own rally, entitled “Reclaim the Dream” that he swears is not intended as a “countermarch” to Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally. National Urban League president Morial says their rally will convey a ‘positive message’ that America belongs to everyone.
Everyone, presumably, except Glenn Beck, that paragon of intolerance. (And his racist Tea Party friends.)
“It is very important we convey a positive message that America belongs to everyone,” Morial said. “Our rally is not an ‘us against them.’ We want no confrontation with Glenn Beck. But we want a confrontation with the ideas he espouses. His ideas seem to be ideas of intolerance.”
So because Glenn Beck’s ideas seem to ‘civil rights’ leaders to be intolerant, the only tolerant thing to do is to try and prevent them from being heard.
Civil rights aren’t for white people. They are too intolerant to be tolerated. And they are all racists, you know.
That’s why they don’t support the great job Obama is doing with the economy, foreign policy, the war and the domestic jobs front.
Because they’re all intolerant racists.
The Washington Post notes that Freedom Works is sponsoring a convention in Washington today (Friday). Freedom Works is an organization started by former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey to support the Tea Party.
Because the Tea Party is so racist and intolerant, US News and World Report’s Washington Whispers is reporting that Freedom Works has been the recipient of so many death threats and harassing and profane phone calls that it is moving its operation to a more secure location.
The number and intensity have reached such heights that the organization is leaving its downtown location near the FBI and moving to a high-security building near the U.S. Capitol.
“FreedomWorks and Dick Armey receive dozens of threatening and harassing calls and E-mails each day. Many imply violence and use of weapons,” spokesman Adam Brandon tells Whispers. “As we get closer to the election we expect the harassment to increase.”
FreedomWorks provided some of the recordings of the threatening calls to Whispers and they include physical threats and profanity aimed at the group, Tea Party spokesmen and even conservative talkers.
“You guys better watch it,” says one caller. “Now, we are going to destroy and obliterate Rush [Limbaugh] and Sean Hannity,” said another. “Those two guys are dead.”
Typical of the tolerance of the Left, former DC Congressional representative Rev. Walter Fauntroy says that the Tea Party is no different than the KKK.
“We are going to take on the barbarism of war, the decadence of racism, and the scourge of poverty, that the Ku Klux — I meant to say the Tea Party,” Fauntroy told a news conference today at the National Press Club. “You all forgive me, but I — you have to use them interchangeably.”
They are white, so they are all racist KKK-types. But Rev. Fauntroy’s prejudice against all whites as KKK members isn’t racist because . . . ?
Reverend Fauntroy is glad you asked. He says it is because the organizers of the “Restoring Honor” rally are – I’m not kidding – “the same people who cut audio cables from a sound system before the historic March on Washington and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream Speech” at the Lincoln Memorial.”
The same white supremacists from forty-seven years ago? No, Rev. Fauntroy isn’t a racist. White people are devils.
Fauntroy said right-wing conservatives have “declared war on the civil rights movement of the 1960s” that brought together a Coalition of Conscience for a march on jobs and freedom in 1963. He called for a new Coalition of Conscience rally on the Mall in August 2012.
Why 2012, do you think?
“I don’t want you to think I’m angry,” Fauntroy said. “[But] when this right-wing conservative exclusionary group comes to highjack our movement, we have got to respond. And I’m looking forward to that Coalition of Conscience, in defense of jobs and freedom for women.”
The right-wing conservative exclusionary group that the not-angry Rev. Fauntroy is soooo not angry about includes Democrats, Independents, blacks, Latinos and women. Oh, and also whites and Republicans.
It is as if there are two separate but parallel realities in America. One reality is the one you see, experience and live in. The other reality is the one we keep hearing about.
In that reality,one simply speaks something into existence. Al Sharpton says Glenn Beck is racist and bingo! Glenn Beck is racist.
Barack Obama says that the Tea Party is racist and bingo! The Tea Party becomes as racist as the KKK. Glenn Beck says that Barack Obama is racist and bingo! Glenn Beck is racist.
“Racism” is when you lump all members of a particular group together according to skin color and assume that because of their skin color they are all the same.
When Rev. Al Sharpton or Rev. Jesse Jackson or Rev Walter Fauntroy (read the whole ABC report — they are ALL “Reverends”) does exactly the same thing, it is called defending civil rights.
“You all forgive me, but you have to use them (KKK, Tea Party) interchangeably.” Try turning that statement around and you will soon find out if its racist or not.
Beck’s rally is called “Restoring Honor.” He has his work cut out for him.