Rachel and Ray Thompson, both 29, drove with their four kids from Indiana. Both are fans of Glenn Beck and criticized President Obama for fanning the divisions in this nation.
“There are a lot of divisive issues in this country that need to be addressed in the way Dr. King addressed them and [Obama] has failed to do that,” Ray Thompson, an electrician, said. “From a multi-racial family, I say shame on him.” (Ray is white; Rachel is African American.)
“He does have an awesome power to do something about it, but he is not. He is just sitting back,” said Rachel, a massage therapist. Neither was troubled by the timing of the rally — on the anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. They said the speech King’s niece Alveda King gave was the most uplifting of the day.
— Annie Gowen
Posted by: PurlGurl August 28, 2010 1:51 PM
Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are kicking Al Sharpton’s backside every which way but loose.
This Beck-Palin rally is attended by hundreds of thousands. Al Sharpton’s rally is attended by thousands.
Beck and Palin are honoring all Americans, honoring our military girls and boys and honoring our nation as a whole. Beck and Palin are carefully avoiding politics and racial issues.
Al Sharpton is honoring only Black America. His rally is littered with political commentary, racially tinged commentary and hateful commentary.
At the Al Sharpton rally, Robert Franklin, president of Morehouse College, uttered a repugnant racial slur,
“I am delighted to know that Mr. Glenn Beck and his colleagues discovered the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech….”
Quite the stark contrast there.
Posted by: none12345678 August 29, 2010 2:59 AM
“Glen Beck and other conservative people are not racist and do not have a history of being racist. This goes for the republican party as well. That is just crazy. Sure you can find people from any group that are racist. And if you want to look back 150 years you can find a huge amount.
Here is some history for you:
Voting-Civil Rights act of 1964
Democrats against: 37%
Republicans against: 19%
Democrats for: 63%
Republicans for: 81%
*House of Representatives:
Democrats for: 152
Democrats against: 96
Republicans for: 138
Republicans against: 34
Democrats for: 46
Democrats against: 21
Republicans for: 27
Republicans against: 6
That is just one of many examples. The late Senator Byrd is another. I don’t think you could find anyone more raciest than him, he was a leader of the KKK and until he died this year a member of the US Senate. If you want to compare who is racist the democrats will win the award of racism. That goes back to the true leaders of civil rights, Abraham Lincoln (republican). Why do you think these events, including the famous “I have a Dream” speech are at the Lincoln Memorial.
This event is all about freedom. People want to do what is right. Stop lying, stop saying hurtful things, and stop your selfish ignorance. No one in their right mind believes these events are super secret KKK meetings. Or the republican party as a whole are racist. Most of you are writing comments about people you have never took the time to listen to. You have never examined the thoughts and actions of who you support or dislike. ..”
Posted by: blueharleyguy August 29, 2010 2:07 PM
MLKJ said in his speech, “content of character, not the color of skin.” Never did I believe I would see a worse President than Jimmy Carter, who was a Born Again Christian, Navy Commander, who could not make a decision and could not lead and I voted for him! Now we have Obama, who came from a completely different background, but could be a clone of Carter. Obama has no content of character, cannot lead and acts like a Hollywood star, rather than a leader! I am an independent voter who believes almost anyone could do a better job than Obama. He has been president for almost two years, with a demo congress and is failing at every turn! I believe in Honor, Integrity and judging people by the content of character, not the color of their skin! Obama has failed and is failing, and I would say that regardless of the color of his skin! We need a president who is more interested in leading the country in the right direction, rather than a president who is more interested in his own self aggrandizement! I for one would vote for a Palin-Beck ticked, especially if they were independents!