Friday, August 27, 2010

Beck’s Perverse Honor of Martin Luther King

The Atlanta Post
August 26, 2010
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

There are 52 Saturdays in 2010 and talk show exhibitionist Glenn Beck could have picked any one of them to hold his “Restoring Honor” rally on Washington DC’s Lincoln Mall. But Beck, of course, picked August 28, the same date as the 47th anniversary of the March on Washington. Becks been repeatedly called out for picking the date to mock the civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
He first lied and said that he had no idea the date is a sacred day for civil rights leaders, and that it was pure coincidence he chose the date. But since that lie wouldn’t fly, Beck reversed gear and wrapped himself in the mantle of King. He’s bragged to audiences that he and conservatives are the inheritors and protectors of King’s dream. In a moment of preposterous flight of rhetoric he fantasized that he and other conservatives could see themselves beaten by police, set upon by dogs, dosed with fire hoses, and jailed on trumped-up charges.

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