First, Keith Olbermann put Beck on his list of worst persons on Thursday this week. Via Current TV:
Olbermann is correct in pointing out Beck's ignorance about the term Afro-American or African-American. Beck is also ignorant in his assertion that life no longer "sucks" for blacks in America. From the PoliticusUSA website, Jason Easley noted:
Using Beck’s logic, Italian-Americans, Jewish-Americans, and Polish-Americans can’t pay tribute to their heritage either. What is wrong with those Italian Americans? We’re all just Americans. Stop trying to divide us.While Olbermann asserts that Beck is a racist in these comments, Republican activist and former Dick Cheney adviser, Mary Madalin, is claiming that Glenn Beck is "furthest thing from a racist." Listen to her remarks on CNN via the Crooks and Liars blog:
Rather than retyping the arguments made on that post about Beck's race-baiting or racism, comments from that post on C and L will be copied in here.
Continuing to make the case that Beck is not far from being a racist, as Matalin claimed he is, the following was posted on C and L:
Miss kitty took issue with this assertion:
To which this blogger shot back:
Anyone reading this post, who can make the case that Beck is a racist, is encouraged to do so in a comment below. Rather than expressing opinion about Mr. Beck, quote something he said that conveyed racism. Also, please leave a link (URL) documenting that quotation.
Update, 9/05/11: On Facebook, someone brought this piece, "Glenn Beck's Top 10 Racist Quotes" to my attention. Most of them amount to race-baiting which is not quite racism, however close it comes to racism. However, the 7th point, which is not a quote but a song on his website, comes across as that of a racist, even though the song is not sung or written by Mr. Beck.
The content that really takes the cake on Beck’s website is a satirical (but no less offensive) parody song about the “New KKK”. The song contains lyrics discussing the “close-to-painful murdering of the dark people”.Unfortunately no link was provided, so even this claim must remain suspect. It needs to be stressed that Beck comes very close to being a racist.
Update, 9/25/2011: In a discussion on Facebook, Karl Rogers, author of Debunking Glenn Beck: How to Save America from Media Pundits and Propagandists, made a strong, circumstantial case to support the view that Glenn Beck is a racist. From Glenn Beck Sucks, Rogers wrote:
Obviously, Beck never says "I am a white supremacist". You have to join the dots together and read between the lines to see the racism underlying his comments about Mexicans, arabs, black Americans, slavery, etc., alongside the vision of 1950s small town white America that Beck sells as his ideal America. However, StopBeck.com did notice that Beck had listed a white supremacist group as one of his favorites on his Twitter page. http://www.newser.com/stor
y/97341/beck-favorites-whi te-supremacist-tweet.html This was removed after StopBeck had reported it. Beck has also invited many white supremacists onto his show over the years, and, given that Beck favors the 'guilt by association' style of argument, we need to ask whether Beck, by allowing these racist groups to promote themselves on his show, is also promoting their ideology. But, we should just listen to Beck's own words http://video.search.yahoo. com/search/video?p=glenn+b eck+white+supremacist And that is just a sample.
So... when Beck supports a book by a Nazi sympathiser, you say that he probably did not read the book. When Beck cites a racist like Skoussen as his main influence, you say that does not make Beck a racist. When Beck twitters support for a white power group, you say he probably did not know who they were. When I point out that he has invited white supremacists on to his show, you say that I am trying to make him a racist by association. You admit that Beck "flirts with racism. He race baits...He stirs up racial anxieties..." Yet, somehow, it is "inaccurate" to call Beck a racist. What is your evidence for this? Beck claimed (once or twice) to support Alan West run for president. But ... you have repeatedly pointed out that Beck is a pathological liar, but, for some reason, you believe that he really does support West, rather than using this to dissociate himself from the charge of being racist (Beck has also supported Christie, Bachmann, and Palin for president, when it suited his argument at that time to do so.) Why are you acting as an apologist for Beck on this point?
Beck is not an anti-fascist libertarian, as you claim. This is yet another of Beck's masks that he wears when it suits his argument to do so. The fact that he is inconsistent is important to understand where he is really coming from. As I show in my book, Debunking Glenn Beck: How to Save America from Media Pundits and Propagandists", Beck is not a libertarian at all, but is a corporatist, selling a pro-corporate ideology, and, his vision of America is that of a fascist corporate state. Beck is an anti-libertarian fascist.
We cannot know what anyone truly believes. Inner states are not empirically accessible. We have to make our judgements on how someone behaves and what they say. It does not matter whether Beck really believes that white people are superior to all other people, or whether he is just an opportunist reinforcing his audiences prejudices. If he promotes a racist vision of America and/or uses racist discourse to his own advantage, he is a racist.
For a summary about Glenn Beck, see "Becoming Paul Revere"