Glenn Beck’s Black Founder’s Episode
By Nadra Enzi
I watched Glenn Beck’s special on the Black Founding Fathers last Friday.
While neither conservative or liberal I nonetheless entertain all discussions.
What I saw was a right wing, white wash complete with an attentive much more Black than usual audience.
This isn’t said with glee nor malice. Ironically, Beck’s conclusions about some major issues parallel my own. Different philosophies can arrive at the same conclusions upon occasion.
Even controlling for his being a middle aged White conservative with a well known agenda I still couldn’t cut him slack for that episode.
The Left’s critique of Black conservatives was on painful display as audience members sat through a skilled warping of their own history to suit a nationalism that still considers them subordinates.
I still hope against hope that the editing process was to blame.
Beck may be the color blind true believer he claims but the spin was at warp factor nine on this one!
Beck even had a Black professor on stage to complete the cast.
An otherwise illuminating episode about the American Revolution’s little known Black contributors morphed into yet another tired tirade against against the evils of progressivism.
The icing on the cake was his thesis that progressives wrote Black patriots out of the history books to ” make America look bad. ”
While the progressive tendency is to treat Black folks like dependent pets Beck overlooks the conservative urge to cage most of us like we’re rabid dogs deserving only policing and stricture.
Coming from the Conservative South I hate to tell Beck but it wasn’t hippies running the show there. His fellow conservatives there and nationally bleached; warped and outright deleted Black contributions in order to maintain a permanent servant class.
Having grown up under Jim Crow-Lite I know such attempted brain washing all too well.
If Beck wants to say he represents our generation’s more racially advanced Right this broadcast didn’t show it. While not a surly supremacist like Pat Buchannan, Becks’ earnest entreaties may lure supporters desperate for access to the Right’s inner sanctum.
I’m no fan of the Left with its crisp Klan sheets stamped ” D” for Democrat neatly tucked into paternal back pockets.
I’m also don’t embrace rigid conservatives whose ” R” label alternates between Republican and racist depending upon the speaker.
Neither ideology has moral superiority in my eyes. Both have dirty hands when it comes to my people.
That audience should have known better.
Beck’s objective was to gloss over conservative and liberal historic revisionism in order to focus solely upon liberal academic prejudice. The conservatives of that time up to this one are too comfortable with racism to be overlooked.
Modern liberal racists can at least create the illusion of inclusion while most conservatives can’t feel comfortable around any Black who doesn’t spout their line chapter and verse, i.e very few.
Nominally considered right of center I’ve interacted with numerous Black conservatives. While there’s a need for them, they’ve yet to sufficiently impact their own communities.
Being an Amen corner on Glenn Beck falls short of working in the community to address issues from the perspective they claim is so revolutionary.
I guess being on national TV is as intoxicating as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s warning to Malcolm X cautioned.
I even know some folks who were there and only hope informed commentary was left on the cutting room floor. Even watching the after show yielded nothing.
Otherwise the stereotype about Black conservatives wasn’t disproven by that episode.
Black America needs representation on that side of the aisle but it can’t only be for window dressing and definitely not acceptance.
NADRA ENZI AKA CAPT. BLACK promotes crime prevention and self-development. http://www.captblack.info