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Mr. Beck’s Blackboard Jungle Goes To Washington…With MLK August 27, 2010

Welcome to the return of ALS Diversity Fatigue Friday!

This being ALS Diversity Fatigue Friday, is the perfect day to post about an upcoming event tomorrow which has become a rather heated matter of debate for those of divergent political backgrounds.

On Saturday, August 28th at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial,  there will be a “Million Tea Bag March” to commemorate the gathering of Dr. Martin Luther King JR.’s historic  march on Washington on the very same day in 1963.

Yes, on “I Have A Dream Day”  millions of Tea Partiers will march on Washington in order to promote civil and First Amendment rights and recognize the service of our veterans.  The sponsor of this event- Glenn Beck.

Yes I said Glenn Beck.

And by now you have just spit your Vitamin Water and realized why this rally has become a spectacle for debate.

As a matter of full disclosure,  I  am only jesting in my use of the title “Million Tea bag March “.

Actually the rally is entitled  “Restoring Honor” . Glenn Beck’s sponsorship of the event remains in the not jesting category.  This is very real and making liberals of the Rev. Al Sharpton ilk very angry.


And I do not understand why the left is angry.

I do not understand why self-professed tolerant liberals who argue for things such as a mosque near Ground Zero would be upset that Glenn Beck is marching on Washington on the MLK’s anniversary. ..

Oh what did you say? Okay, now I get it…Because Glenn Beck works for Fox News, he must be a conservative, therefore not worthy of commemorating a historic event in our nation’s history which marks an accolade during the Civil Rights era.

Which is why liberals have mocked Glenn’s original poster with this im-poster (pun intended):

By the way, in the first clip of Glenn Beck , he is talking about Barack Obama – not Martin Luther King Jr.!  I love the way that was juxtaposed and taken out of context.

Hmm, MLK and Glenn Beck….

Listen up liberals, there is no doubt that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  occupies a position of importance in American History, especially for African Americans and Democrats.  Dr. King is the Moses of the Civil Rights era, he led his people to the promised land.

But you are not MLK’s only people.

Do you think that MLK only represented people who hold your views?

Is his memory shared among those with whom he dissented?

Do you believe that only African American’s were included in his vision?

Dr. King wanted people to be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin…I will carry it further and add… or the lever they pull in the voting booth.   Civil Rights affected everyone, even racists such as segregationists.  It was up to them whether or not they benefited from King’s sacrifices in a positive manner.

My above statement is by no means an implication that Glenn Beck is a racist.


He is not.  Whacky in a very Howard Beale ala Peter Finch /Network way he is.


My support of Glenn Beck is tepid.

He started off with a great message but I became lost in the minutia of the blackboard, scented chalk, venn diagrams and finger puppets.  Beck is the Romper Room of Fox News and I find myself wanting to run for graham crackers and a juice box whenever I see him.

“What is this dude talking about?”  I ask.

But there are Beck fans that “get” him and I respect that.   I just don’t do blackboards.

Afrocity is more of a Sean Hannity girl.  I like my pundits straight and without a lot of visual stimulation.   Seldom is Beck on my tele-radar.  Having said that, the show has been seen enough by me to know that he is not a racist.  I also admire his courage to cry on camera and discuss his mother’s  suicide and his battle with alcoholism.

Whatever Glenn Beck is …Martin Luther King,  he is not.

He never said he was.

Did anyone ever hear Glenn Beck say he was Martin Luther King?  Has anyone seen Glenn Beck’s face next to MLK’s on some Hypercolor tee-shirts or thongs like someone we all know?

But obviously you were okay with Barack Obama appropriating the memory of MLK for his own political gain because…Obama is black and one of Dr. King’s people.

Whatever Barack Obama is…Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , he is not.

The man above needs a doctor.

But according to liberals, it is okay to climb up to the Tower of Liberal Fable–  otherwise known as “Kool Aid Mountain” and create the DNC golden calf-ish lobster eating, Martha’s Vineyard vacationing Obama in Martin Luther King’s image.  A wrongful death of logic it is,  to believe that liberals and only liberals have claim to the memory of MLK.

It does not matter to the Beck rally critics that some of the Tea Partiers who attend may be African Americans or folks who were involved in the Civil Rights movement directly and positively.

What happens when you worship a golden calf? Time wears the gold off the feet of all idols and Styrofoam Greek temples, if their feet be made of clay.

The King legacy is yours to pimp.

Do you really believe that the Tea Party has nothing to do with the dream of equal rights?

Unlike Obama, King was a unifying force.

He was not divisive or arrogant. He was humble.

King was a fierce proponent of peaceful protest and non violence .  He worked across the political and cultural aisle with Democrats and Republicans , blacks and whites in order to advance the Civil Rights Movement.  On October 10, 1963 after his great march, the FBI wiretapped King’s home -under the orders of US Attorney General Robert  Kennedy.  Suspicious of King, Kennedy believed that this preacher man from Alabama had ties to the communist party.

So much for civil rights from the Democrats.

So much for looking beyond fear and paranoia and into the content of  Dr. King’s character.  And this is a benign version of the incident.  Dr. King’s relationships with the Kennedy’s and many Democrats were laced with tension and mistrust.   Democrats voted against Civil Rights legislation in large numbers- Republican votes helped pass the bill.  Even JFK voted against civil rights measures as a senator.

Martin Luther King Sr. was actually a Republican and there is a significant amount of proof that MLK was as well…that is until they switched parties.

There is much speculation as to why the father and son switched from Republican to Democrat.   There are some historians who believe that Kennedy’s assistance when King was imprisoned, served as an impetus for gaining the Kings’ support. Others believe the Democrats offered King hope for the future of African Americans by outlining programs to promote self-reliance and success– also known as  “the Great Society” under the Johnson administration.  Left to itself without true structure or aims,  the Great Society led to nothing but dependence upon the Federal Government and the break up of the black family.   I will never allow myself to believe that MLK knew this would happen.

After King’s assassination in 1968,  with African Americans delivered on a platter to the Democrats,  President Lyndon B. Johnson’s got his wish;  “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years, ” he said.

Perhaps. It is possible that African Americans will always be 95% Democrat as a race. However, you cannot have your MLK cake and eat it too.

During the 1980’s liberals rallied President Reagan for a national holiday commemorating King’s birthday. and they got it.

NATIONAL HOLIDAY. No mail. Stay at home.

That is everyone’s holiday and King’s memory belongs to ALL.

Your King day is my King Day is Glenn Beck’s King Day.

Upon leaving Washington DC two weeks ago, I felt secure in knowing that a museum dedicated to African American history would finally reside on the Washington Mall in the year 2015. Being a curator and an avid museum goer, I have wanted this for some time in my life.  Seeing the beginnings of African American themed  exhibits at the Smithsonian bring me closer to the reality of a museum which shares MY heritage with my fellow Americans.

Me looking at an exhibit on The Apollo Theatre at the Smithsonian

For years, I have been secretly jealous of a particular museum which has nothing to do with my heritage directly but rather captures my heart and the attention of so many others who pass through its doors.  Of course I am speaking of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

One museum is a reality, the other is just a design.

Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup is the architectural team who will design the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall near the Washington Monument.

As a study in memory and trauma, the Holocaust extends to every American whether they wish to admit it or not. The evidence and ugliness of genocide went beyond traditional boundaries of race or creed.  There were crimes –genocide- the extermination of thousands of Jews which yielded victims.

There was punishment for war crimes which yielded villains.  There were those who served as intervention, as rescuers , – Great Britain, Russia, and the United States.  There were massive relief efforts to refugees by American organizations such as the Joint Distribution Committee. Food, money clothing sent to Poland, Germany, France.

This was everyone’s story and everyone can remember that story either personally through photographs and spoken word or publicly remembered at spaces such as the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.  You may ask, why is there a museum placed within our US capital solely dedicated to an event which did not take place on American soil.  The answer is simple.

Because the Holocaust did not end in the concentration camps; it did not end with the suicide of Adolph Hitler.  What was left behind was the scars of trauma and the triumph of survival –all crystallized as memory.  If one were to survive the Holocaust and come to the United States, those memories and the need to remember or forget came with them. As Americans we are all included in the process of holocaust remembrance because Jewish immigrants are Americans.  The museum is in America because we all either directly or through collective memory have a claim on the event. It is ours.

Every visitor, even African American non-Jewish Afrocity brings some sense of self and understanding to the commemorative space. What does the Holocaust mean to me as a black woman?   Looking at the seemingly millions of Jewish faces – portraits of life and legacy which were extinguished,  I only have one comparison to make- the trauma of slavery and the triumph of the Civil Rights Act.

Permanent Exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Wall of faces

I take inspiration from the Jewish community in knowing that despite a horrific event, they overcame.

I want that for African Americans and I want everyone to commemorate the loss, pain and struggles of slavery publicly in a safe space for everyone without judgment.

African American history is American history.

Our museum will be your museum.

The march that Dr. King took on August 28, 1968 is everyone’s march.

There are no special claims.

Go march on Washington Mr. Beck

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AFROCITY

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  2. EdithH Says:

    Thanks for your insights on Glenn Beck. While I am not a regular viewer and have been bemused by him, I readily concede that I have also learned alot in his history lessons. In keeping with the theme of your post, I am offended that the story of African-American patriots was overlooked for so many generations. GB deserves credit for exposing this to such a wide audience.

  3. yttik Says:

    I’m not a Beck fan either, too many props and chalk boards. However, I did appreciate the show he did that touched on African American history. Many of those people I’ve never heard of and he sparked my curiousity enough that I went on to google them and visit the library. Several of us wrote and asked him to cover women’s history too, and surprisingly, he did.

    I’ve been getting annoyed with the faux outrage over Beck’s rally, myself. I wish the media and the comedians would give it a rest already. Whether you agree with him or not, he has a right to gather and to express his views. This constant ridicule and mockery of Beck is starting to ring hollow. I keep thinking if the left actually had a message of their own to promote, they wouldn’t have any time left over to obsess over Beck.

  4. Diane Says:

    Although Beck’s shows have left me weary sometimes, I appreciate all he does to wake this country up. I have read many of the books he recommends and am a more informed American now. I watched most of this morning’s rally. Everything was so positive, so uplifting. I think Beck honored MLK more than anyone I have ever seen because he reminded everyone that King wasn’t talking about just Black people, he was talking about all of us. I am not sure it was that way at Al Sharpton’s event.

    We are all equal in the eyes of God and we all have the same potential to live a good life. God gives this to us, not the government. Beck’s rally reminded us of our greatness as a nation and a people. I hope everyone returns home with a sense of excitement and purpose that will help King’s dream finally come true!

  5. EdithH Says:

    Is anyone a little bit stunned by the turnout. The initial reports from the media was that the attendance was in the thousands. I tuned in for a few minutes occasionally and thought, what are they talking about, it looks like tens of thousands. Now we are hearing that it was hundreds of thousands. From what little I saw, it was very dignified.

  6. EdithH Says:

    If you have a chance, search on “The Revolt of the Bourgeois” written by Rich Lowry. It sums up the Beck rally as a revolt by the responsible people.


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