I Have A Nightmare: Glenn Beck

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[Black Star News Editorial]

47 Years From I Have A Dream to I Have A Nightmare...

If African American voters were looking for a spark to rally voters to do the right thing in the November elections, it was provided today.

Joined by his Tea Party and Republican Party supporters, Glenn Beck today dishonored the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding a rally of tens of thousands at the site where Dr. King made his famous "I Have A Dream," speech.

He also made sure his event, which he promoted on his hate-broadcast shows on FOX and his radio shows, was on the same day that Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, was hosting an authentic memorial rally and march for Dr. King.

"It was not my intention to select 8-28 because of the Martin Luther King tie," Beck, the Grand Wizard of hate, told his listeners on radio weeks ago. "It is the day he made that speech. I had no idea until I announced it."

Precisely. Beck is a huge loser if he knew and decided to deliberately spite Dr. King's memory, which is something not beyond him, since he routinely plays the race card, living well  by fueling White anger over perceived gains by Blacks, at their expense.

This is a man who said President Obama is a racist who "hates Whites" and also hates "White culture."

Beck is even a bigger loser when he claims he selected the date for his event randomly and that he did not know it was the anniversary of one of the greatest speeches by one of the greatest human being to have lived. Certainly, he did not care. He knew of the King anniversary by June, 2010--he had ample time to select another date.

An African American Republican named Lenny McAllister, refused to speak at the event when asked by the Tea Party, CNN reports.

"I cannot sit on stage and co-sign on this irresponsibility," he told CNN. "I made sure I wore my elephant pin today. I am a proud Republican but I am also a proud African American man."

"Whites don't own Abraham Lincoln," Beck also said, adding fuel to his verbal arson. "Blacks don't own Martin Luther King. Those are American icons, American ideas, and we should just talk about character, and that's really what this event is about. It's about honoring character."

Honoring character? Can a Mafia chief hold a rally to honor the legacy and memory of crime fighting police officers? How absurd.

Beck makes tens of millions of dollars spreading racist verbal arson throughout the country.

At a time when the country is undergoing profound changes --politically, economically, and technology-wise-- many older Whites are susceptible to the message of entitlement spread by false messengers like Glenn Beck.

Under Beck's vision --which he shares with another lethal broadcast terrorist, Rush Limbaugh, who likes calling the president Barack Hussein bin Obama-- Black gains in this country comes at the price of losses by White people.

And as millions of Americans remain unemployed, Beck's and Limbaugh's messages have resonance.

Millions of American jobs have migrated overseas, including to China. Why doesn't Beck foment anti-Chinese sentiments on his shows?

Because it does not carry the same burden and history, as race relations between Blacks --descendants of plantation slavery-- and Whites --descendants of slave masters-- in this country.

So by making allusions to "tradition" and "American values," one can see why thousands of disenchanted Whites are lured by the messages of Beck and Limbaugh. They offer the promise of yesterday, even as the nation moves forward.

Sarah Palin, who has been desperately schooling herself over the past two years on things she should have learned over the last few decades, was also at today's rally.

"We feel the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." she cynically said. "We are so honored to stand here today," Palin added.

Dr. King must have winced.

"Look forward. Look West. Look to the heavens. Look to God and make your choice," Glenn Beck, the convener also said.

It would have been an honor to Dr. King if the heavens had responded with lightning and a downpour?

"Speaking Truth To Empower."

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