August 28th, 2010
01:02 PM ET
4 years ago

NAACP president slams Glenn Beck at 'Reclaim the Dream' rally

 The crowd at Al Sharpton’s ‘Reclaim the Dream’ rally in Washington.
The crowd at Al Sharpton’s ‘Reclaim the Dream’ rally in Washington.

(CNN) – NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, speaking at the "Reclaim the Dream" rally Saturday, castigated the message of the Glenn Beck rally across town in Washington.

"For a year and a half, we've been subjected to small hearts and small minds on our small screens," he said, referring to conservative ideas on media. Beck is a conservative talk show host, with a program on Fox News as well as several radio programs.

Urging people to continue to fight for issues like health care and the ideas of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jealous said, "It's time to make sure our country - when they turn on the TV - sees itself reflected back."


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  1. America Shrugged

    Beck and the corporations who are funding this rally should be ashamed that they decided to hold this rally on the very aniversary as Dr Martin Luther King gave his speech about peace, harmony, and the fight for an even handed economic prosparity for all, is nothing more than to get much needed attention to bolster the voters in November. I've watched Glenn Beck on his show, heard the nasty things he has said about these fellow americans he claims to care so much about. Let em hold their rally. Most Americans know what what this bunch of Fox News snake oil salesmen are all about.

    August 28, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    I live on the West Coast and wish with all my heart I could be at the "Reclaim the Dream" rally.

    Glenn Beck is nothing more than a dry alcoholic in love with the sound of his own voice, a liar and a fear-mongering, hate-filled idiot. For him to equate himself and his silly little rally with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is beyond the pale.

    Dr. King and all he represents is the anti-thesis of Beck – and it's a disgrace to King's name that Beck is speaking today on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

    August 28, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Mickey, NY

    I see Beck has plenty of supporters for his "Restore Bigotry" rally...disgusting.

    August 28, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. wilson

    Al Sharpton's Small, Measly Rally by a small measly man that only loves him self

    August 28, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Steve- Illinois

    Apparently MLK's daughter sees things differently, since she's speaking at Beck's rally.

    August 28, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. harold

    Beck is trying to ride on God's coattails and invoke his name.. Well Jesus spoke about these people before Like Beck ....in the bible..What is God telling you to do now Mr. Beck?...

    August 28, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. roger3107

    NAACP is dead.... Long live Glenn Beck

    August 28, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Ryan

    Beck and his many guests including Dr. Alveda King (MLK's niece) spent 3 hours discussing faith, racial unity, and honor. Which part of that does Mr. Jealous disagree with?

    August 28, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. JD

    I think it's more likely that the NAACP is concerned that people may find out like Malcolm X that "those" people aren't all devils. They are people and they may have more acceptance and tolerance than the ones who insist that belonging to a political party is decided by the color of ones skin or the reality of their economic conditions, and not the content of their character.

    How un-Martin Luther King of the NAACP today. They continue to show they need division to exist, and I think it's time they just simply don't exist anymore.

    And what does he mean by, "see itself reflected back"? I don't think he's talking about ideas on that one.

    August 28, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. harold

    Herr Beck and Fraulein Palin are out to fill the pockets of the money changers including themselves.....thebiggest money changers of them all... Health insurance for their families and NONE for anyone else.. Cause its all Socialist stuff except the private Insurance government which controls us all now and raises their insurance rates beyond what anyone can afford...

    August 28, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Christina

    This proves the NAACP and Al Sharpton clan are the true Hate mongers. There was nothing in the Glenn Beck rally slamming anyone. NAACP and Al Sharpton lack "content of character" Glenn Beck rally is right we need to restore our values. not ear them apart like the Al Sharpton rally did.

    August 28, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Chad from Tampa

    What a great event! Thank God for Glenn Beck and America!

    August 28, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. chris

    oh man...he just got slammed.

    August 28, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Glenn Beck claims he didn't know that August 28 is the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

    He also claims that when he found out, that he believes it's "Divine providence" that he picked that date.

    Beck is one sick puppy to believe he is 1/1,000,000 the man Dr. King was or that his (Beck's) message is in any way on par with Dr. King's speech and his work.

    August 28, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Debi

    Mr. Jealous, The Dream was to bring all men together. Mr. Beck did a great job on doing that today. This was not political but saying that we must turn to God to help our country. Why Mr. Jealous would you want to continue to divide this country and make it a racial issue. What you should be promoting is the Faith in God that Martin Luther King was not ashamed to tell everyone.

    August 28, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Ancient Texan

    This "gentleman" hasn't a clue on what Glenn Beck says or believes. Evidently has never listened to him praise Dr.Martin Luther King on an almost daily basis, or understand Beck's attempt to honor him and all other great Americans that have been part of our history. Ignorance and bias is alive and well on the progressive liberal frame of mind these days. My old time Democratic friends are aghast at the turn the party has taken to the radical side.

    August 28, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Time grows short

    Jealous has over and over again proven himself to be a racist. And CNN by posting the lies of Mr. Jealous and Mr. Sharpton only adds to the speed of its collapse.

    August 28, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Stoic

    The Beck crowd may be Israel-first patriotards, but anything that annoys the race hustlers deserves at least one thumb up.

    August 28, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Dweebus Jones

    One word for Mr. Jealous.... I-D-I-O-T!

    August 28, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Perry

    Ever notice how easy it is to say "Let's get back to the foundations of America" without ever saying what that means?

    Ever hear Glenn Beck say which of the things God wants us to do he is advocating?

    Code words all.

    August 28, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Be very vigilant of those who say they are doing the work of God and never forget the truth will be revealed. Let's pray.

    August 28, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Control and power....!

    Naacp president slams Beck..? Why? is it because they fear that they NAACP will lose "contol and power" over the African-American comunities?? If Glenn Beck is for all Americans to reconnect spriutally and with each other regardless of your skin color...than this is a good thing...."America go for it and unite to overcome".............................!

    August 28, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. jim

    Mr. Jealous, Why not start by changing the name of your organization to the National Association for the Advancement of People?

    August 28, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Ben

    The NAACP is a bigoted organization. This once proud organization is now led by louded mouthed, uneducated, socialists. This organization is nothing more than a Democratic Party front organization.

    August 28, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Cracker

    More like a Black Panther Party than NAACP.

    August 28, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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