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Black Leaders Announce Move Against Conservative Attempt to Distort King Dream

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By Pharoh Martin, NNPA National Correspondent –

NEW YORK (NNPA) - Black Civil Rights leaders are furious that they will not be able to organize a march to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King's famed “I Have A Dream” speech at the location where it happened this year because infamous right wing Fox News personality and radio host Glenn Beck already booked the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28th to hold his own rally.

“We're going to get together because we are not going to let Glenn Beck own the symbolism of Aug. 28th, 2010,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial said during a National Newspaper Publishers Association breakfast at NNPA’s 70th Anniversary Celebration at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers on Friday. “Someone said to me, ‘Maybe we shouldn't challenge him. Maybe we should just let him have it. “I was like,’ Brother, where have you been? Where is your courage? Where is your sense of outrage?” We need to collaborate and bring together all people of good will, not just Black people, on Aug. 28 to send a message that Glenn Beck's vision of America is not our vision of America.

As both a solution and response to what the leaders perceive as an attack on the legacy of King, NAACP President Ben Jealous announced at the conference that a national march for jobs and justice will be held on October 2 instead.

“A group of White males wealthier than their peers called the Tea Party has risen up in the land," said Jealous. "They say that they want to take the country back. And take it back they surely will. They will take it back to 1963 if we let them.”

Last week, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO, the country's largest federation of labor unions, announced that they were going to endorse a march for jobs that Jealous will be co-leading in Washington on Oct. 2. Other national civil rights leaders and organizations are also endorsing the Oct. jobs march as a follow up to an Aug. 28 protest of Beck.

"We will be fighting Glenn Beck on Aug. 28th and we will be using that to leverage the second march,” Jealous said. “That march has to happen. Our people are dying right now, literally, from lack of access to jobs.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network, who also spoke at the NNPA Conference, said Beck will distort King’s Legacy and his message.

“On the anniversary of the March on Washington, Glenn Beck is going to talk about the dream of Martin Luther King and how he was with them – not us. So, we’ve been traveling all over this country because there is no way in the world that I am going to allow him to have more people there than us. I hope every Black person in the country will help us to challenge this.

Everybody’s got to be in Washington. We can’t let them high jack Dr. King’s dream.”

Morial called Beck's right wing conservative vision “intolerant”.

“His vision is of an America of the past,” Morial said. “Our vision is of an America that understands its past but is of the future. Too many times we have become spectators. Some people thought that since Mr. Obama became president that they could go back to their couch to sit down and watch. Look at what have we witnessed - the resurgent voice of extremism. The 14th amendment has been incorrectly interpreted. They are talking in code talking about that we have to save our country. This is our country too.”

Morial added, "One of the things that is so curious to me is the way that groups on the right have been very, very observant and have begun to utilize the tactics of the civil rights movement- marching, organizing in churches, things that we're the backbone of civil rights advocacy in the 1950s and 1960s. Others have begun to use those techniques and use those tactics. It would be a mistake if we would treat it and didn't recognize that the people in our communities and people across the nation who believe as we do that the future of this nation has to be inclusive in a multi-racial fashion so that African-Americans are involved in the major things that take place in this country."

Upon the 70th anniversary of NNPA and the upcoming 100th anniversary of the NUL, Morial also spoke about the need to craft a new Black agenda in a “time of great contradictions”, referencing the 2000 presidential election that was decided by a 5-4 Supreme Court vote in favor of George W. Bush, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the recent economic recession that was one of the worst in U.S. history and very recently, the unprecedented oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But he then countered with the historicity of this decade with the ascension of Black men as the president of the United States, as the head of the Department of Justice, and as Black chief executives of some the country's most powerful corporations such as Merrill Lynch, Xerox and American Express.

"Along the continuum of history, no one would have suggested or predicted that any of the above would occur in just a ten year period," Morial said. "These are times when the history books are being written and re-written. In 1999, Black America had a 7.2 percent unemployment rate, the lowest rate in the 50 years since kind of data have been recorded. And now, ten years plus later, our unemployment rate is twice as high and the real rate is even higher. Against this backdrop of difficult and tough times, that we have also witnessed, African-Americans achieve the highest places in American life. These are the times that you and I, as community and civic leaders, are bound to address the challenges."

He rallied for a new period of Black activism. He coined it “intelligent activism”, which he described as changing the conversation by “not raising hollow, holy” hell but, rather, making a pointed case with common sense facts and arguments.

“We have to be driven by our objective,” Morial said. “Dr. King, [Thurgood] Marshall and all of the great leaders of the 1960s had an objective, which was to end segregation in American life. And they achieved that objective as a matter of law. Our objective needs to be to end disparities in American life to achieve economic parity in the 21st century.”

Morial said that African-Americans, because of their size, are a force to be reckoned with. There are an estimated 40 million Black people that account for $800 billion dollars in spending in the U.S, according to Morial. There are also ten thousand Black elected officials in various local, state and national offices.

“We are a community that has assets and power as much as we want to organize it and use it,” Morial said. “I want us to think of ourselves as a community of assets that brings something to the economic table of America, not as a community of deficits and problems, so that we are not coming looking with a handout. We are looking as an investor in the American dream.”

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0 # Guest 2011-10-04 07:12
its sad the way there doing use you do your time you come out to try the very best that you can and they still close the door in your face to me its ethier your rich or poor and if your poor you go back to jail or you die will im trying to fight and im a good person god no my heart and hope by grace and god that this change because im walking around die please help i have a family too. god bless.
+2 # Guest 2010-08-20 10:19
Folks are concerned about the possibility of violence, especially since the New Black Panthers have threatened the Rally. No violence will be perpetrated by the folks attending the Rally, nor I trust by the Reverend’s rally attendees. Any disruptions at other events I have attended in DC were staged by “outsiders” intent on making ugly scenes for the media. I would hope that the Reverend, Mr. Jealous and other leaders would admonish the NBP organization and enjoin them to not attempt to intimidate or incite any trouble. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”. Remember this? That quote means a great deal to me. What does it mean to you? God bless everyone.
+3 # Guest 2010-08-20 10:15
Regarding the timing of the Restoring Honor Rally, no one but Beck knows the story for sure. I do know that I have had hotel reservations since November 2009. The Restoring Honor Rally is a celebration of our heritage, our traditions of Faith, Hope and Charity, the founding principles of our great nation and a commemoration of the sacrifices borne by our military personnel and their families. Obviously, the date is extremely important in the history of the Civil Rights movement. It’s very hard to understand why the Reverend and others waited until April or so to decide to organize any type of event. I can only surmise that it was in response to and an attempt to discredit Beck's event. Come on, Folks, why can't we ALL be tolerant of others? This is a multi-way street! Why can't we ALL celebrate our heritage? Why can't we ALL acknowledge that we are in this together, that the longer this type of fighting goes on, the longer whatever divisions exist will persist?
0 # Guest 2010-08-20 05:22
It's a shame Al Sharpton and the NAACP (to name a few) are so opposed to the Glenn Beck rally, when they should embrace it. What appears to be obvious is that they CAN"T embrace it or they would be out of a job. Sad, we can't put our personal needs aside and do what is RIGHT.
+5 # Guest 2010-08-19 22:18
On August 28th we will all come together as AMERICANS — all fighting for a better life for us and our children. Those who show up in Washington to stand together will not be judged on the color of their skin, but the content of their character. That is MLK's legacy. If people show up for another reason, then King's importance and impact our country will be diminished. He moved our country so deeply and so profoundly, I can't imagine where we would be without him. We have to carry on his legacy. He truly was inspired by God. Dr. King would demand that we be keepers for our children. We need to throw off this crap and come together as ONE PEOPLE so the next generation has a fighting chance, whether you're at the Sharpton or Beck event! Divided we fall. King knew that anger will not guide us safely into the future.
-5 # Guest 2010-08-19 04:20
WOW! Black people supporting the tea party and Glenn Beck is REALLY scary . . . I can't even believe you could be so ignorant and gullible . . . I am simply flabergasted . .. you should be ashamed of yourselves
+5 # Guest 2010-08-18 21:04
I don't agree with everything Glenn Beck says. But I don't think he is trying to hurt anyone. And he teaches us history that has been erased from our history books. Now there are text books about hate. About hating different races. I still don't believe that all blacks hate all whitesor vice versa. it is the pols and the powerful that are exploiting racism. I am with black people almost every day in some way or another. And there is no hatred there. We are all friendly to each other. I have black friends, Somoan friends, Mexican friends. What we all need to do is stand up for Americans, no matter what race they are.
+7 # Guest 2010-08-18 16:36
The event on 8/28 is entitled the "Restoring Honor Rally" and it's about restoring the values and principles the Martin Luther King gave his life for. Money raised from donations goes to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
This non-political event that pays tribute to America’s service personnel and other upstanding citizens who embody our nation’s founding principles of integrity, truth and honor.
Everyone will be uplifted; come and find out for yourself!
+4 # Guest 2010-08-08 22:23
The first tea party I went to was Apr 15th 2009. I got there early and only about 7 people there. One black lady and a black Christian preacher. We were afraid noone was going to show up. And when we saw the cars start piling in the black lady and I were hugging each other an jumping up and down.
+6 # Guest 2010-08-08 22:17
It seems to me that it is only the politicians and leaders that keep harping on racism. I am a 71 yr old white woman and never in my life until Obama started campaigning was I called a racist. I did not trust Obama and I did not trust John McCain. But if I critized McCain I wasn't called a racist
+5 # Guest 2010-08-08 22:14
. Why do you not join Glenn Beck. He is honoring King like all Americans do. Why doesn't everyone join together at the Lincoln Memorial to honor Martin Luther King. Are you racist?
-2 # Guest 2010-07-06 12:51
ANYbody telling me who I should believe is automatically suspect. I have the capacity to weigh the facts, separate wheat from chaff, and make up my own mind. And any African American who needs Glenn Beck to inform them of their own history and historically significant individuals is by definition DEPENDENT on a source who seeks to influence one’s thought rather than inform her or him. Learn how to read for yourself; take in information from all sides and use the sense the Creator gave you to sort out reality from your OWN sense-making system. But look at how much people cling to the belief that one HAS to have -- in this case -- the “insights” of an entertainer who has learned which following provides the most milk for his point of view. Again, the red flag should go up as soon as someone approaches you with what you should believe. Think how different this society would be if, say, just 45% of the people thought for themselves!
-4 # Guest 2010-07-06 10:11
(Comment paragraph 4 of 4.) Intellectual dishonesty is the problem with political conservatism; intellectual conservatism - that based on an honest weighing of alternatives - is not dishonest. Political conservatism tends to try to use ideas to manipulate while intellectual conservatism seeks to convince people without limiting the range of discussion. LimBeck and O’Hannity, as four examples, use contrary thinkers as straw men; honest discussion is not really permitted. (I wish I knew how Pam Stevens was able to enter all of her say-so one behind the other. This thing told me to “try back later” when I first tried to comply to its refusal for more than one paragraph because it was “too long,” so I waited days in-between. I guess I’ll try my next paragraph--if any--after I catch up on the comments.)
-6 # Guest 2010-07-05 16:31
Pam: After reading your comments I have determined that you are obviously brain washed or mentally challenged. You think no one knows what Glenn Beck is going to say? He says the same thing day in and day out. You want me to pull up a chalkboard and help him rewrite history? That man has been called out on his remake of history more times than I care to remember. Glenn Beck's eyes practically roll around like dice, in his head yet you don't see how completely crazy he is? What does that tell you? You need a doctor and I'm not talking about Dr King. WTA is a troll, plain and simple.
-6 # Guest 2010-07-05 16:22
Whoever does the comment moderation here should get a raise. Obviously, some people from Beckistan have dropped by to down vote any comments that wish to honor Dr King on that very significant and historical day. Why can't people see the irony here? A Teapublican wants to "take his country back" on a day MLK wanted to take this country forward. You'd be insane to not see how blatantly disrespectful that would be to anyone from any race that does not want us to go back in time! As Boehner said (which is the only thing I care to quote from Orange Man) "Hell NO we won't!"
+1 # Guest 2010-07-05 14:51
@ Pam Stevens: “We continue to separate ourselves from other nationalities...As long as we separate ourselves from others we will be seen as separate.” This post just failed to acknowledge that Blacks were separated from Whites in America by Whites long before they ever voluntarily separated themselves. You said, “[T]ry as I might I could not find a racist remark... Insensitive remark, yes, racist don’t think so.” Hence my words that he was not just racist, but all around offensive. That would fall under all around offensive. You mentioned that history is all of ours. Come to think of it, you’re right. That means that it should not be distorted by any of us. Including Glenn Beck. By the way, I am glad that you have extended the invitation to continue this discussion. I'll see you on FB soon.
+3 # Guest 2010-07-05 14:46
Thank you WKA I watched the same program....
+4 # Guest 2010-07-05 14:39
I just watched Beck and he spent twenty minutes discussing the BLACK heroes, who were also our founding Fathers. I was overwhelmed with the courage of these men who were slaves, but taught themselves how to read, and became congressmen and a Speaker of the House. Beck had black experts to help him explain this history and the role these heroes played. Blacks were key to our success and BECK just informed me of this amazing History. Get over your racism and join Beck in helping All of us come together, or get some therapy.
+2 # Guest 2010-07-05 14:30
My comments are #46 to #51 Sorry so long, but I had a lot to say
0 # Guest 2010-07-05 14:29
Even if that is true, what is stopping people from addressing whatever he says after he makes his speech instead assuming what he will say. I will not hate a man because he speaks the truth just because I don’t agree with some of his personal views. I wish so called self appointed black leaders would teach more truths about our history but they don’t. Don’t fault Glenn Beck because he does. If you think his facts are incorrect research and give proof about your findings. I would love to continue this conversation with anyone who would like to. You can always find me at;


I look forward to conversing with you.

+1 # Guest 2010-07-05 14:28
The history of every single person on this earth belongs to ALL of us, because one man’s history is another’s future if they don’t learn from it. The history of African Americans should be important to ALL people, because we all lived it. Hector you said, “And now this delusional hypocrite has the audacity to promote a rally just to mock MLK celebration.”I am glad you have a crystal ball available that tells you what Mr. Beck will say.
+1 # Guest 2010-07-05 14:26
I don’t agree with Mr. Beck on what he said and how he said it, however, try as I might I could not find a racist remark, considering it was blacks and whites that lost in 9/11 and Katrina. Insensitive remark, yes, racist don’t think so. As for the comment made by DL saying, “I truly hope that you don't really take every word out of Glenn Beck's mouth as true, especially when it comes to the history of a race that is not his own.
0 # Guest 2010-07-05 14:25
That is part of Dr. King’s message as well. @ Hector Vargas and DL- I watched the YouTube video 3 times, (http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200509090003 [censored].youtube.c om/watch?v=suc1ZpU2f 2I ),
to make sure I was hearing everything correctly. Yes he said everything that both of you said he did. The problem I have is that you both left out some very important words. I am guessing that you left them out because you didn’t have the time to put them in so I will help you out. The following words were said, “of the 3,000 victims' families, I don't hate all of them. Probably about 10 of them. And when I see a 9-11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, "Oh shut up!" I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining. And we did our best for them. And, again, it's only about 10.”
0 # Guest 2010-07-05 14:24
We are ALL one race and that is the HUMAN race, yes we are made up of many different colors and come from many different backgrounds, then there is the face that half of us are women and the other half are men, some are rich some are not, that is where the differences end. @ WKA-I too commend my new friend Ziva and she is not alone. Apathy and ignorance has always been our problem in this Country, it’s easier for people to complain about something and NOT get involved, so they take the easy way out. Someone on the boards mentions blacks and our racism, sorry I didn’t remember your name, but you are right as well. We continue to separate ourselves from other nationalities and then get upset and hurt when say they don’t want blacks around. If we want to be welcomed we have to be welcoming and open to being with ALL people. As long as we separate ourselves from others we will be seen as separate.
+2 # Guest 2010-07-05 14:23
OK I have been reading all of the post since this discussion started. On June 24th I posted my on comments. I still stand behind what I said then. First come first serve. I don’t care who you are rules should apply to you no matter what your color is. If Mr. Beck filled out the proper papers first to reserve the spot before Mr. Sharpton or the NAACP then we dropped the ball not Mr. Beck.
+3 # Guest 2010-07-05 09:49
@43 WKA: Comment #27 by Bill Dorsey I think is an appropriate response for your comment.

@44 Ziva Smith: Thank you and I will see you on FB.
+2 # Guest 2010-07-05 09:45
Thank-you! #38 WKA 2010-07-05 06:50.

#40 DL 2010-07-05 07:57 I never received a message from you on FB. Please feel free to speak your mind there. Join in. This is a personal invitation, all hostilities aside. Peace.
+3 # Guest 2010-07-05 09:34
Second, Racism is being perpetuated by Blacks, just as much as whites. For some reason, Blacks appear to CONSTANTLY distiguish themselves from Whites. The day YOU realize that you, like Asians, Mexicans and all Races are CREATED EQUAL, is the day you set yourself free from YOUR own bondage. Rise up and grab hold of the opportunity that stands in front of you and take charge of your Individial life, instead of pointing fingers and blaming RACISM for your problems. You might find that most of us whites could care a less about your skin color. Maybe that is why so many blacks, asians, mexicans, etc are so successful.
-1 # Guest 2010-07-05 09:10
@#41 Hector Vargas 2010-07-05 09:07
Your comment was so refreshing. THANK YOU! Nobody believed it when I said it.
-2 # Guest 2010-07-05 09:07
Glenn Beck referred to survivors of Hurricane Katrina who remained in New Orleans as "scum bags." Also, after acknowledging that nobody "in their right mind is going to say this out loud,"
he did.

Is there no end to Glenn Beck's HATRED AND BIGOTRY? Apparently not. And now this delusional hypocrite has the audacity to promote a rally just to mock MLK celebration.

Bottom line Fox and Beck love to commercialize hate. He and fox know that there is plenty of hate and bigotry out there for them to sell and cash in on. Those who chose to ignore his hypocrisies are either too gullible to see through it or share his racist ideology.
+2 # Guest 2010-07-05 07:57
@ #37 Ziva Smith 2010-07-05 04:12
Actually I was going to say the same thing, that I really am tired of this back and forth because of people who continue to deny the facts that have been presented. Okay, so you "WATCH Glenn Beck daily and LISTEN on the radio WHEN [YOU] CAN." Got it. Don't see the importance of the correction, since it's still using the same two senses, but I got it. And I sent you a message on FB saying what I had to say, and I still mean what I said. So because it wasn't argumentative, you consider it 'nothing". Please. You don't think that maybe I didn't comment on that because perhaps I felt that it was only proper to let you have your own POV on your own FB? But if you would like otherwise, you can go ahead and message me back.
0 # Guest 2010-07-05 07:35
(Comment paragraph 3 of 4.) Being able to pretend that the conflicts and problems are due ONLY to the behavior and choices of individuals allows the systematic processes to proceed unrecognized. When blacks attempt to use power to alleviate or mitigate the limitations caused by systematic policies and practices, it is intellectually dishonest to equate that with efforts on the part of those who retain social power to retain their advantages based on race.
+1 # Guest 2010-07-05 06:50
There are few obvious points to make, after reading most of these comments. There are the people who hate Beck, but are ignorant of what the man preaches or teaches on a daily basis. Ziva Smith should be commended for fighting the fight, and standing up to what she believes to be true. Our problem in this country is Apathy and ignorance, so please educate youself on the issues and facts before spewing your hatred and ignorance. It is only destroying any hope of this country coming together, which is what we need to save it. It appears a lot of these people fear the truth. The truth might hurt but it sure does set you free.
0 # Guest 2010-07-05 04:12
#36 DL 2010-07-04 12:18
There really is no point in continuing this discussion about Glenn Beck. Again your Media Matters article proves nothing and actually contradicts itself. It's just a distraction from the issues raised in the article. Who and how are Conservatives attempting to distort King's Dream..

For the record I said in my post: "I WATCH Glenn Beck daily and LISTEN on the radio WHEN I CAN"

So you visited me on Facebook and had nothing to say...humm. You didn't see any distortion of MLK's dream did you? I'm sure if you had you would have spoken up.
-1 # Guest 2010-07-04 12:18
@#35 Ziva Smith
I gave you the Media Matters Article and the Youtube audio of him saying it himself. So I guess now you'll tell me it wasn't really his voice or something. Sometimes links to the truth is just not enough for some people to actually believe it's true. You said you WATCH and LISTEN to Glenn Beck daily. Given your use of both of those senses, your ignorance of Glenn Beck is not understandable at all. I've already visited your link, AND I've already visited you. So I've already done your dare, but if you get a kick out of it, go ahead and dare me again. I'm always up for it.
-3 # Guest 2010-07-04 09:35
#34 DL 2010-07-03 20:14
If that's all you have is this media Matters article where the last line of it is "There's about 10 of them that are spoiling it for everybody". Well you haven't proven much. We all know there were scumbags in the Astrodome duh?

I won't bother to discuss the difference between WATCH and LISTEN, next time read my comments closer.

My link to: http://blackrepublican.blogspot.com/2010/06/commemoration-of-juneteenth-celebration.html was first posted in response to the article above. I included it in my response to you because of your continual smearing of Glen Beck as a racist. But if you only listen to Media Matters your ignorance of Glenn Beck is understandable...

Visit me and others here:

Dare you again DL.
0 # Guest 2010-07-03 20:14
@#33 Ziva Smith: Oh please. This is a classic case of let's act like a substantial portion of the truth is not true and act like those who acknowledge that truth are bumbling idiots. So you claim to listen to Glenn Beck daily but just so happened to not hear him the day he said this: http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200509090003
Which is what I was talking about in my post that you responded to. I truly hope that you don't really take every word out of Glenn Beck's mouth as true, especially when it comes to the history of a race that is not his own. If only his track record truly were a "smear". I wish it was too. Btw, I read your link and I already knew and I agree, although I don't exactly see how it relates to my post. But I will be keeping that link since it is true. I am not afraid of the truth, as you think I am.
-5 # Guest 2010-07-03 12:26
#25 DL: Either you are delusional or a vicious liar. I watch Glenn Beck daily and listen on the radio when I can. Mr. Beck has done more to educate his audience on the true history of black people in America than any of your so-called "black leaders" have ever done. His "track record" that you speak of is nothing but a smear. I DARE you to read this article from the National Black Republican Association:


And then visit me here:

I say I DARE you to read it because I think you are afraid to know how wrong you are or you're just a planted troll.
#25 DL 2010-06-27 18:20
"..He referred to the Hurricane Katrina victims as "scumbags".He said he hates 9-11 victims....
0 # Guest 2010-07-03 10:47
@Rose Lynn:
Maybe you should educate yourself on the content of Beck's character, because you must not be familiar with his track record at all. You can read my last post for that. He himself has not contributed to any "atmosphere of acceptance and tolerance". The reason this news site exists, is because chances are you won't hear this on the news, it wouldn't exist if we were never "excluded". Although it's from our point(s) of view, nothing states that nobody else can read it. If you read it and it bothers you, you can always read elsewhere.
-3 # Guest 2010-07-03 02:24
Read this article from the National Black Republican Association:


And then then visit me here:
0 # Guest 2010-07-03 02:18
Almost daily I hear of yet another innocent American being accused of being a racist simply because he or she disagrees with someone else’s point-of-view, ideology, or perspective. Beck is not a racist. His show is not called the White Glenn Beck Hour. And the Tea Party is non-racist either. They have not called themselves the Black Tea Party. Unlike this newsite, which is racist and seeks to segregate itself. Beck respects MLK and King's hope to live in a colorblind country. All American citizens, no matter their heritage, deserve to live in a nation where they are not judged by or excluded because of the color of their skin. Why are you so proud to be a black news source? Why not just be a news source for all, rather than segregate yourselves? I dream of a nation where a man, woman, or child is judged by the content of their character in an atmosphere of acceptance and tolerance rather than one that judges white people falsely.
0 # Guest 2010-06-29 14:02
(Comment paragraph 2 of 4.) “Racism” is an "-ism," a belief that the human race is actually composed of several distinctive species or subspecies based on presumptions about biology, and that those biological differences largely, if not completely, explain the differences in group outcomes in society. Racism involves the use of social structure and power to systematically disadvantage another group on the basis of the presumed significance of visible biological differences. "Prejudice" is the pre-judging of an individual or group based on socially-defined lines of distaste and preference. (Original was “too long” AND I have to wait an unknown time between posts. I’ll post the next two when I get back from vacation.)
+2 # Guest 2010-06-29 07:03
Bro. Morial is right.

We have can all change this on August 27 with Project: Rise Up.

Please see how Federal JudgeCharles Ashley Royal Violated MLK Jr.'s Federal Holiday!

Go to [censored].projectriseup.com

We are not going to sit by and let this happen again!

Everyone must get involved now!
0 # Guest 2010-06-27 18:50
Using the term "racism" in place of "prejudice" prevents full appreciation of the fact that racial discrimination is built into the way the social system works: people can retain the comfortable and familiar worldview that the only problem with race in the U.S. is peoples' attitudes; the systemic nature of the inequality is thus overlooked, making it possible to continue to see the "society" as free of any bias - and also making it possible to blame those who are systematically disadvantaged as being responsible for their own circumstances.
+6 # Guest 2010-06-27 18:30
I'll be there!

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity". -MLKjr
+1 # Guest 2010-06-27 18:20
@ Joe Jenkins: Glenn Beck is not just racist, but all around offensive. He referred to the Hurricane Katrina victims as "scumbags".He said he hates 9-11 victims. And when talking about a father whose wife had a miscarriage, he said that the man "can't do anything right, he can't even have a baby." On his website, it says someone called in to his radio show and commented that they were willing to mingle with all races and religions, Beck said that he "wouldn't go that far". And all of this happened before President Obama was elected. And if there were an attack on any group, I would wonder why they wouldn't come together and fight back, not why I wasn't invited. I can still join the fight if I wish. But I would expect them to make sure that at least they got up and did something, and that is clearly what Sharpton is asking.
-3 # Guest 2010-06-27 11:46
What makes Glenn Beck racist? Because he criticizes a black President? What has he said that makes him racist? I would like all of these people who label him such to tell me? If he were to say that all "white" people should come together & show support like black leaders are saying, wouldn't he be condemned? What hypocrites! The NAACP & Al Sharpton are jokes. Get a real cause to support.
+6 # Guest 2010-06-26 10:54
Second, MLK would have been proud of Glenn Beck, as I know Beck means complete respect for all races, and would never tarnish an event.
In no way does Glenn Beck respect "all races", so in no way would MLK be proud of that.
-3 # Guest 2010-06-26 10:18
MLK would have been proud of Glenn Beck, as I know Beck means complete respect for all races, and would never tarnish an event. AS BECK SAID, it must be Divine Providence. I second that opinion, as God is in charge and passing judgment on all of us.

-------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------I'm of the opinion that you are more confused than a hungry nursing-toddler looking for food at a topples bar.
I would advise you to seek emergency psychiatric care as soon as possible and I don't mean Dr. Phil kind of Doctor. Television is a source of entertainment and nothing else. Turn Fox news off and learn by living your own life.kind of Doctor.
-2 # Guest 2010-06-26 08:18
It never ceases to amaze me how individuals or groups spew their ignorance, based what THEY did wrong. If you wanted the space you should have booked it. Quit kicking yourself in public.
Second, MLK would have been proud of Glenn Beck, as I know Beck means complete respect for all races, and would never tarnish an event. AS BECK SAID, it must be Divine Providence. I second that opinion, as God is in charge and passing judgment on all of us. Cant you see it?
-1 # Guest 2010-06-24 07:31
It seems like every comment in favor of Beck is uprated, and those not in favor are downrated. Wow. Leaves no wonder of who is doing the rating.
Anyway, I understand the discontempt because of the date and what that date symbolizes, but no matter who is there, the Lincoln Memorial is a public place. Beck and his followers are not the only ones who can be there. Other people can show up in Washington. And they will.
0 # Guest 2010-06-24 07:25
Zeva that was for the comment that was sent after yours and then deleted. Not to you.

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+2 # Guest 2010-06-24 07:21
Not all Black people need to wake up some of us are already awake so please don't paint us all with the same brush. Some of us don't say all white people are racist so DO NOT assume we all follow someone like Al Sharpton. If you read my earlier post you would know that.
+2 # Guest 2010-06-24 05:44
I encourage everyone to read the following article from the National Black Republican Association and then we can have a debate about who is distorting King's dream. Black America educate yourselves....I did.


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-5 # Guest 2010-06-24 04:24
Rev. Al Sharpton is asking all black people to show up in Washington? Well I for one am white and will attend if possible.

Reality check Rev. the Glenn Beck teabaggers are a very small minority. The majority of Americans are not racist and want peace, love and brotherhood for all humans. Please extend your invitation to all of us.
+6 # Guest 2010-06-23 10:48
I would think that if this were that important to these organizations they would have planned better by making sure they booked early enough. It is not up to the managers of the space to say to Mr. Beck or anyone else, hey let me check with the civil rights group before I let you book the space. I don't agree with some of Mr. Beck's views, but he has a right to freedom of speech just like Dr. King fought for us to have. I don't agree with some of the views of some of the self appointed civil right leaders either, but you to have a right to freedom of speech. STOP blaming white people when we drop the ball, and we did because you did not book the space early enough. Don't use Dr. King and his memory to try and get special treatment, because that is not what he wanted for us. He wanted equality, not more. He wanted fairness not specialness.
+5 # Guest 2010-06-23 10:47
First of all. First come first served. Who booked the space first? We don't get special privilege because we are black. We don't own Dr. King's message because we are black. His message was for ALL people. How do you Rev. Sharpton know Beck will say? Even if he does distort King's message are you not smart enough to counter him?
+3 # Guest 2010-06-23 10:24
Moriel defeats his own arguement with this statement:
"There are an estimated 40 million Black people that account for $800 billion dollars in spending in the U.S, according to Morial. There are also ten thousand Black elected officials in various local, state and national offices." The fact is, those people should be recognized for their contributions to the country and valued for their hard work and personal responsibility at earning prosperity in this nation. Instead Moriel, and his race hustling ilk, want to use the black community as political pawns to further an agenda that has done more to destroy black prosperity and the ability of blacks in America to acheive the American dream, than any imagined "take over" of Rev. King's vision. In fact, King (a conservative Republican) is probably spinning in his grave over the twisitng of his vision by these race hustlers!!
+3 # Guest 2010-06-23 10:08
You people need to get over the fact the the 60s are over. You keep society segregated by you pseudo-hatred of everything not black. Personally, I'm sick of listening to it.
+3 # Guest 2010-06-23 08:58
+1 #10 Freedom for ALL 2010-06-23 06:23
I would think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr would be thrilled that Black, White, Jew, Gentile, Catholic, Prostestant would ALL come together on this day to commemorate what he TRULY stood for. Has anyone even bothered to find out what Mr. Beck is planning?-------------------------------------------------------------------------

I guess you have no idea of Beck's track record.Beck's sole purpose is to get black American angry, create media attention and commercialize his name. He is the worst human being I ever saw. If you follow the link below you will know what I mean.

+13 # Guest 2010-06-23 06:23
I would think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr would be thrilled that Black, White, Jew, Gentile, Catholic, Prostestant would ALL come together on this day to commemorate what he TRULY stood for. Has anyone even bothered to find out what Mr. Beck is planning?
-11 # Guest 2010-06-23 02:12
In poor taste on Beck's part, but no matter. All of us enraged people should just crash it anyway.
-6 # Guest 2010-06-22 14:40
You don't have to be an African American to be outraged. This man makes my race look like a pack of bumbling idiots. Thanks a lot Glenn! Take your last sponsor (Dick Armey, Tea Party extraordinaire) and go to a padded room before you hurt yourself and leave MLK's memory intact!
-5 # Guest 2010-06-22 10:13
This is disgusting. For Beck to hijack MLK's memory like this is highly disturbing. This is the time when people really need to stand up and go head on against this type of divisiveness. I'm glad the NAACP and other civil rights groups are countering this.
-7 # Guest 2010-06-22 05:10
I'll be there. Every thinking person should be disgusted about this.
-9 # Guest 2010-06-21 20:47
I am very glad to see some action taking place. I have serious concerns about Beck's event and his method of fundraising. Maybe if more people start making a fuss, the mainstream media will finally take notice and start asking questions. This event is being paid for with TAX FREE donations to Special Operations Warrior Foundation. I just don't get it.
-3 # Guest 2010-06-21 18:58
I'm a Hispanic American, borne and raised in this country. I was wondering for how long black America was going to sit back and let this racist non-sense go on. Something has definitely changed since Obama was elected. The amount of hate speech from Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh is an embarrassment to this country. Is time for America to come back together as one.. This time around black America will not stand up by themselves, we will right there with them cause we share their pain.
-5 # Guest 2010-06-21 11:57
Glenn Beck is a hateful jerk. I am a white man who finds his attacks against the president disgusting. In Becks eyes, there is NOTHING Obama can do right. The worst of it all however is that Beck has the majority of the Tea Party convinced that under Obama, America will become Nazi Germany. Glenn Beck and all of the Conservative talk show hosts are a threat to the white house.

HOW DARE HE ALIGN HIMSELF WITH MLK by stealing that date at the Lincoln Memorial!!!!

Black folks should be outraged!!!

When will somebody do something to stop the hate?
-5 # Guest 2010-06-21 11:03
Apparently the link didn't render in my comment above. I'll try it again this way:


Also, please correct your article where you reference Thurgood Marshall. You have "Thurmond," which is a pretty funny mistake, actually.
-9 # Guest 2010-06-21 11:00
It's about time!

I have been writing for months about Beck's usurpation of this historic date for his cynical, hate-filled rally that is really just a launch party for his next book, "The Plan."

Please see: Glenn Beck Desecrates The Memory Of Martin Luther King

I am really glad to hear that there are some effective organizations mounting counter-demonstratio ns to Beck's disgusting affair in DC. Feel free to use the poster at the link above, or contact me for creative services assistance.

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