What, then, is Beck’s message? Brave New Films has produced a video comparing Beck and King. True, it’s absurd to compare the small-minded, inflammatory Beck with the great civil rights leader and visionary who sought to bring out the best in this nation; nevertheless, it is instructive to watch the video since Beck has the effrontery, despite his denials, to evoke comparisons with King. Watch (and sign Brave New Film's petition afterwards):
Beck will be joined at the rally by Sarah Palin, who demonstrated her stance on civil rights by defending Dr. Laura Schlesinger’s use of the N-word on the radio. Recall that Palin criticized Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s use of the word “retarded.”
Rally organizers cautioned supporters not to bring signs; small wonder, since those who follow Beck and the Tea Party have been known to carry signs comparing Obama to Hitler and containing racist messages. Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP president, stated, "Dr. King never had to caution anyone to leave their signs and guns at home. To say to your followers, 'Don't bring your signs'–it's like saying, 'Don't open your mouth.' "
At the end of the video, after Dr. King’s inspirational words have been compared to the hateful rhetoric of Beck, the latter states, “When I first stood on those stairs after I had announced that we were doing this, I stood on those stairs at the Lincoln Memorial, I went down to Washington, D.C., and I thought to myself, ‘Who do you think you are?’ ”
That’s an excellent question.