Thursday, October 7, 2010

Beck's history of slavery is flawed and view of it morally depraved

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On October 1st, when much of the media was focused on the meltdown by Rick Sanchez that got him fired from CNN, Glenn Beck was telling his radio listeners that slavery didn't start out as evil. According to Beck, it only became evil to buy other people, so called "indentured servants," after the government got involved. The following recording was taken from Mediaite, a website that covers the media and its personalities.

First of all, President Obama never called the health care insurance companies "evil." When Beck puts words in other people's mouth, that's deception. Also, the cost of health care insurance has remained flat for the household of this blogger. The moral depravity of Beck's monologue came toward the end when he declared that slavery was started with "seemingly innocent ideas."
makes up facts to suit his narrative  

Beck: The President is exactly right when he said ’slaves sitting around the campfire didn’t know when slavery was going to end, but they knew that it would. And it took a long time to end slavery.’ yes it did. But it also took a long time to start slavery.
And it started small, and it started with seemingly innocent ideas. And then a little court order here, and a court order there and a little regulation here and a little more regulation there. And before we knew it, America had slavery.
It didn’t come over in a ship to begin with, as an evil slave trade. The government began to regulate things because the people needed answers and needed solutions. It started in a court room then it went to the legislatures. That’s how slavery began. And it took a long time to enslave an entire race of people, and convince another race of people that they were somehow or another, less than them. But it can be done.
I would ask you to decide, are we freeing slaves? Or are we creating slaves? That’s a question that must be answered.
The only slaves around these days are sex slaves and the ones in the unreal world that are made up in Beck's head, another of many of his "completely insane" ideas. However it is Beck's flawed history that matters. In the comment section of the Mediaite story that covered this, the Glenn Beck Review stated, "As with all things Beck, this is more of his misunderstanding of what happened in history conveyed, twisted, distorted to fit his case that slavery was A-OK until government got involved...For someone with an average IQ, he sure can say things that make people think that he’s mentally challenged." 
Mr. B shot back: "You can start with this one person already mentioned. From Wikipedia: “Anthony Johnson was an Angolan African held as an indentured servant by a merchant in the Colony of Virginia in 1620, but later freed to become a successful tobacco farmer and owner of an African slave of his own. However on his death in 1670 a court ruled that he was: 'a negro and by consequence, an alien”, and the colony seized his land.'"
TGBR: "You remind me of Glenn Beck, leaving out little details that don’t fit into your reactionary narrative. Just before your little quote there is this: 'Early in 1620, Johnson was captured by slave traders in his native land of Angola.' How was that not evil?"
It turns out that the first group of native Africans did come over in a ship and were traded with the colonists for food. From an Inner City web site is this information: "The legend has been repeated endlessly that the first blacks in Virginia were “indentured servants,” but there is no hint of this in the records. The legend grew up because the word slave did not appear in Virginia records until 1656, and statutes defining the status of blacks began to appear casually in the 1660s. The inference was then made that blacks called servants must have had approximately the same status as white indentured servants. Such reasoning failed to notice that Englishmen, in the early seventeenth century, used the work servant when they meant slave in our sense, and, indeed, white Southerners invariably used servant until 1865 and beyond. Slave entered the Southern vocabulary as a technical word in trade, law and politics.
A Dutch slave trader exchanged his cargo of Africans for food in 1619...Jamestown had exported 10 tons of tobacco to Europe and was a boomtown. The export business was going so well the colonists were able to afford two imports which would greatly contribute to their productivity and quality of life. 20 Blacks from Africa…were paid for in food;...The Blacks were bought as indentured servants from a passing Dutch ship low on food,…."
They did come over in a ship as an evil slave trade, although plantation owners had previously captured and enslaved native Americans. For Beck to get his facts wrong is just another day on the job for him. For Beck to declare the enslavement of just one human being "seemingly innocent" speaks to a moral depravity that one would expect from a marijuana smoking, cocaine sniffing alcoholic that Beck used to be. For a man who claims to be "God-fearing," this is just as morally unacceptable as anything that Rick Sanchez said that same day. The difference is that Beck works for Fox "News" where he keeps his job because he must serve some greater purpose.
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Anonymous said...

Beck was paraphrasing. Not a direct quote. Listen to it again.

The Glenn Beck Review said...

What? Beck quoted Obama and then make a complete fool of himself again. It's in writing, and I listened to it twice. How come you don't hear him rationalizing early slavery as "seemingly innocent?"

Biased assimilation.