Sunday, September 5, 2010

If Beck's Rally "Reclaimed The Civil Rights Movement," Where Were The Black People?

Leading up to last Saturday's "Restoring Honor" rally, Glenn Beck claimed, "This is a moment, quite honestly, that I think we reclaim the civil rights movement." Strange words from the Fox commentator who called the first African-American president a racist; then again, Sarah Palin, who also headlined the event, defended Dr. Laura Schlesinger's use of the N-word. Of course, the rally took place on the same date and site associated with Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. Beck claimed that he didn't realize that when he worked on the scheduling.

For a rally, then, that purportedly reclaimed the civil rights movement, the crowd was overwhelmingly white. Sam Seder spoke to several participants about the lack of black people:

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