Friday, July 2, 2010

Who is Glenn Beck quoting out of context now?

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On his 6/10/10 show, Glenn Beck excerpted a video clip of Ellis-Lamkins explaining that the agenda of Green for All is that “all people deserve equality” — not, as Beck suggested, an ominous plot to take over the country. This is how Beck covered her speech at America’s Future Now Conference:

Beck: The CEO of Green for All, here she is. She’s a big player in Crime Inc. She sits on the board of Emerald Cities. She spoke at this America’s Future Now. Here’s what she had to say when she brought up my name.

He never gave her name. It is Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins.
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Ellis-Lamkins: [video clip] When Glenn Beck started talking about me, someone said, “Are you angry?” And what I said to him is, “Absolutely, we have a plot to take over this country. Absolutely we do.” It’s not a hidden agenda.

Beck: Nope, it’s not. It’s not. Nope. It’s right out in the open. And she’s just like you. She is. She’s just like you. Yeah. She’s just like the American family of the 1950s. See, this is what it is. The crazy people, the people, the people just like you, and the man. See what’s happening? They do have a plot, a plan to take over the country. And the mask is coming off. But will anyone join us in this conversation out in the light of day?

Now for some context: After sharing with the conference her hopes that her nieces will have a “future as bright as someone who grew up in a community that had better opportunity,” Ellis-Lamkins went on:

Ellis-Lamkins: And so, you know, I thought about, well, who are we? Well, we believe that a coalition of working-class white men, people of color, environmentalists, that we’re capable of change. We recognize there’s honor in being a coal miner in West Virginia, and we don’t blame the coal miner. But we recognize that the needs of the coal miner, of the white West Virginian coal miner, and the black woman working in Chevron in Richmond, that they have the same needs, and an agenda can meet both of their needs. That’s who we are.

You know, I have a — you know, I come out of the labor a moment so I am used to people yelling at me. And so — members, politicians — it doesn’t hurt my feelings. So when Glenn Beck started talking about me, someone said, “Are you angry? He said you want to take over the world.” Like maybe we shouldn’t talk about it for awhile. And what I said to him is, “Absolutely, we have a plot to take over this country. Absolutely, we do.”

It’s not a hidden agenda. It’s an agenda that says that all people deserve equality, that white coal miners in West Virginia and black women in Richmond, California, want the same thing. What they want is for us to divide ourselves. What they want is for us to say that one is better than another. That it’s immigration versus coal mining, that it’s this versus that. And what we say is no, because our vision of America has all of us, not some of us. That when we think about what green is, it is green for all, not for some. That’s the difference.

The Green for All website can be seen by clicking the logo below:

The Green for All Mission Statement: Green For All is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy.  We work in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of our agenda.

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