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Help Stop Glenn Beck’s Unskillful and Divisive Remarks

Namasté,

As you may know, right-wing talk show hosts have been bringing race-based fear mongering into the mainstream, but FOX’s Glenn Beck just took it to another level. On Tuesday, Beck said:

This president has exposed himself as a guy over and over and over again who has a deep-seated hatred for white people… this guy is, I believe, a racist.

It’s part of a larger argument Beck has been making: that President Obama wants to serve the needs of Black communities at White people’s expense. This kind of talk stirs up fear, hate, and it can lead to violence.

I’ve joined ColorOfChange.org’s effort to stop Glenn Beck. ColorOfChange is already putting calls into Beck’s advertisers, asking them if they want to be associated with this kind of racist hate and fear-mongering. When the advertisers see that tens of thousands of us are behind that question, I believe they’ll move their advertising dollars elsewhere, and his show and platform will be history.

Will you take a stand and be counted, and invite your friends and family to do the same? It takes just a moment:

http://www.colorofchange.org/beck/?id=2008-1033479

Glenn Beck is appealing to the worst in America. Of course, some Americans refuse to accept the fact that our president is Black or the idea that he could truly serve all Americans. But the only way these views fade away is if they’re not reinforced by mainstream society. Instead, folks like Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, and Rush Limbaugh are exploiting racism and race-based fear to bump their ratings, stirring up racial discord in the process.

The dangers of these tactics are real. We saw the same dynamic during the presidential race: By the end, the McCain/Palin campaign was unable to control the violent energy whipped up by their race-baiting. It resulted in an unprecedented number of threats on Obama’s life, a rise in the number of hate groups, and an increase in the number of threats and crimes against immigrants and Black people.

FOX has a horrible track record on pushing racist propaganda, but Glenn Beck appears to be taking the network to an even lower standard. He’s trying to divide and distract America when we should be coming together and talking about issues that really matter–like health care and the economy.

The good news is that we have the power to stop this. All major media is funded by advertising. And advertisers care more than anything what consumers think. If we want to change what’s happening and put an end to folks like Glenn Beck having a platform, we can do it.

It’s up to us, and it can start now. Please join me:

http://www.colorofchange.org/beck/?id=2008-1033479

Thanks.

Here are some links to more info:

“Beck: Obama has ‘exposed himself as a guy’ with ‘a deep seated hatred for white people'”
http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200907280008

“Glenn Beck: Obama agenda driven by ‘reparations’ and desire to ‘settle old racial scores'”
http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200907230040

“MSNBC’s Deutsch encourages viewers to demand advertisers on Beck’s show spend money elsewhere”
http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200907290037

“On Television and Radio, Talk of Obama’s Citizenship”
mediadecoder.blogs.nyt…


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Published Without Comment…

Dear Readers,

After putting some research into the provenance of
this article, I find too many questions about its origin, and have been
unable to uncover anything that supports its authenticity.  Neither
have Snopes.com, who list it as “Undetermined.”  That is not good
enough for someone who, while not my kind of guy, has served this
country faithfully for many years.

Although I remain a staunch
supporter of Senators Obama and Biden and find the possibility of
Senator McCain and Governor Palin getting into the White House to be
absolutely chilling, I must, nonetheless, apologize to the senator, his
supporters and to you for having posted it without checking more
carefully.  This is precisely the kind of character assassination we
have come to expect from the “other side,” and I regret having been an
unwitting party to it.


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Racism, pure and simple…

A recent article by Jacob Weisberg in Slate opines that the only reason Obama may not be elected is racial prejudice. I think he’s right. What do you think?

Many have discoursed on what an Obama victory could mean for America. We would finally be able to see our legacy of slavery, segregation, and racism in the rearview mirror. Our kids would grow up thinking of prejudice as a nonfactor in their lives. The rest of the world would embrace a less fearful and more open post-post-9/11 America. But does it not follow that an Obama defeat would signify the opposite? If Obama loses, our children will grow up thinking of equal opportunity as a myth. His defeat would say that when handed a perfect opportunity to put the worst part of our history behind us, we chose not to. In this event, the world’s judgment will be severe and inescapable: The United States had its day but, in the end, couldn’t put its own self-interest ahead of its crazy irrationality over race.

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Canada examines abuses of church-run schools

From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 aboriginal children were required to attend state-funded Christian schools in a painful attempt to rid them of their native cultures and languages and integrate them into Canadian society.

The federal government admitted 10 years ago that physical and sexual abuse in the schools was rampant. Many students recall being beaten for speaking their native languages and losing touch with their parents and customs.

Canada examines abuses of church-run schools – 06/01/2008 – MiamiHerald.com


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Chicago priest apologizes for Clinton comment

“I apologize for anyone who was offended and who thought it to be mockery,” he said at his church, St. Sabina’s. “That was neither my intent nor was it my heart.”

Pfleger said he’s received more than 3,000 angry and threatening e-mails since he was a guest preacher last Sunday at Trinity United Church of Christ, Obama’s former church.

During that sermon, Pfleger, a Catholic priest, pretended he was Clinton crying over “a black man stealing my show.”

Chicago priest apologizes for Clinton comment – 06/01/2008 – MiamiHerald.com