Yet what I find interesting is Beck loves controversy and attention, his planned event today, that some of our local television stations actually covered live (they didn't cover the true "civil rights" one interestingly enough) worked. He's gotten lots of attention. Articles like this one by Mary Mitchell -- Boorish Beck makes mockery of King's dream will fuel the fires of the two sides. Mitchell makes her thoughts about Beck very clear, in addition to calling him boorish and a demagogue:
In fact, Beck has a lot in common with the deposed talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger.
Neither one of these personalities have much respect for the African-American experience.
Schlessinger, who was forced off her long-running radio show after she said the N-word 11 times during a broadcast, has been in the media long enough to know that whites can't get away with using the word.
Yes, I recognize this prohibition is a double standard.
But given the painful history the word carries, this is a double standard that whites ought to be able to live with.
Schlessinger, though, tried to defend her use of this racial slur by cloaking it in her First Amendment rights. "I want to be able to say what's on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is the time to silence a voice of dissent and attack affiliates, attack sponsors," she said on the Larry King show.
Ironically, Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally is being promoted as a "moment" that will "reclaim the civil rights movement."
I think most people realize that Beck's brand of freedom was not what Martin Luther King Jr. had in mind.
Unfortunately, this is another area where people are divided, there are some out there that are trying to argue Beck's brand of freedom is something King would support. I'm not sure if the continued name calling is the answer, though for those interested in a balanced view, I'd recommend this Chronicle piece.