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. Anonymous

    How dare they ......All Black High school!!!!!!!!!!!!!They are breaking the law. How come MLKs niece and daughter was at Glen Becks Rally and not the Reclaim the Dream Rally. I think Al Sharpton is the ones that should be knocked down. I think MLK would have liked Becks rally because no hate came from it .

    August 28, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Elliott Carlin

    It sound like Mr Jealous be jealous.

    August 28, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. johnrj08

    If I were Ben Jealous, I wouldn't have dignified what Beck did today with a comment.

    August 28, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Chuck

    I thought MLK wanted all men to be equal. I did not know he held the redistribution of wealth believe that the current president and the NAACP hold.

    August 28, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Clwyd

    Restore what Honor? I never knew we lost it unless Beck is referring to our two illegal wars that have divided our country and the FOX Network which is about as "Fair and Balanced" as our military. Yes, It is time for honor and let's us, who are Christians, remember what that means and we cannot be hypocrites like Beck, FOX and the extremists in the Republican Party!

    August 28, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. todd

    The NAACP, is nothing but a codeword for The New Black Panther group, and Communism!

    August 28, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. southern cousin

    Did you ever wonder why liberals like this scum and the slimy, corrupt lying, union toady president are always "slamming" someone? Must be part of the racist, sexist, bigoted DNA that liberals have.

    August 28, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    Well said Mr Jealous. Beck is the worst of the worst, using fear, hate and lies for his personal benefit.

    August 28, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Bill

    Screw Benjamin Toad Jealous the horse he rode in on and the NAACP. I'll cast my lot with Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity any day of the week.

    August 28, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Jon

    Didn't realize that national health care was a top issue for MLK...

    August 28, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Robert

    Glen BecKKK is a fraud.

    August 28, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Jermiah

    CNN is inciting controversy and violence. They know Damn well that Beck and Palin are being divisive. When the violence starts hopefully it will with ethe reports and pundits of CNN. Blacks, indentured servants, and Native Americans built America. Now the evil white man is trying to destroy. I hope GOD reign pure hell on America for all the bad treatment they have brought upon the unfortunate. We should all be trying to live in harmony for the good of the nation. Instead CNN is writing stories about to college drop-outs.

    August 28, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Stephen Paul Johnson

    glenn beck is dispicable......God id now deservabley "blnding" a crazed sinner!!!!!

    August 28, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Deport Pedro

    Wow, big crowd for Sharpton and his racist friends. Not! LOL

    August 28, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Precious

    It's amazing that on a day like this in which the Rev. Martin Luther King spoke about a "dream" in which he would see the coming together of all people, judged not by the color of one's skin, but by the contents of his/her character, yet, on this day, the day in which "we the people" should make Rev. King's dream come true, I see two sets of crowds of people, marching against each other, killing the dream in which Dr. King died for. You see America, things don't just happen, it all happens for a reason. And on this day, all I see, is that even a powerful dream from one of our great leaders can and will never come true, because we are so blinded by the color of hatred, that we will never be able to see the contents of each other's chartacter.

    August 28, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Peter M

    Beck and Palin are the Grand Wizard and High Priestess of Klan respectively. They can now put the Republican logo on their hooded robes. It is shameful to watch CNN promote these Supremacist White bigots.

    August 28, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Precious

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    It's amazing that on a day like this in which the Rev. Martin Luther King spoke about a "dream" in which he would see the coming together of all people, judged not by the color of one's skin, but by the contents of his/her character, yet, on this day, the day in which "we the people" should make Rev. King's dream come true, I see two sets of crowds of people, marching against each other, killing the dream in which Dr. King died for. You see America, things don't just happen, it all happens for a reason. And on this day, all I see, is that even a powerful dream from one of our great leaders can and will never come true, because we are so blinded by the color of hatred, that we will never be able to see the contents of each other's character.

    August 28, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Duane

    The NAACP is a racist organization....much like the KKK. Stop hating whitey and........
    1) OBEY THE LAWS
    2) TEACH YOUR KIDS TO VALUE AN EDUCATION
    3) PICK UP A PAINT BRUSH AND/OR A BROOM AND TAKE CARE OF WHAT YOU HAVE
    4) HANG AROUND SO AS TO BE A FATHER TO THE CHILDREN YOU BRING INTO THIS WORLD
    Respect will follow..............:o)

    August 28, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. HeWhoKnows

    If the NAACP really wants to have racial equality it would change it's name to NAAACP-Nation Assoc. for the Advancement of All People. As the NAACP they are just as racist as the KKK and Black Panther Party without the overt violence.

    August 28, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. KPATL

    It will be a good day in America when the people who have hijacked MLK's message die. I'm not talking about Beck,... but rather Sharpton, Jesse and the rest of victims in the NAACP. They are more divisive than anyone else in America,.. uh,.. other than maybe Obama

    August 28, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. forty

    And in the end there will be false prophets! Glenn Beck is the most dangerous person on earth. In his successful bid to become a very rich man, he has stirred the pot of hate to the point this nation will explode! To compare him to great American leaders is absolutely outrageous. When someone says they are "listening to voices" and "pray that I may hear the message clearly" you've got to conjure up memories of the biggest killers in history. If this guy doesn't unite the rest of sensible America against his cause, we are in big trouble. He is right there with the idiot that plans on burning the Koran (Quaran?) on 9-11. False prophets, holy war, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh. Sarah Palin.

    August 28, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. JES

    Now who is the racist now.

    How dare you indacate this is a black thing.

    Civil rights are for everybody not just blacks.

    Dr. King was the one who made civil right happen but I would say his dream is for everybody.

    I didn't see just blacks marching there were whites too. All Beck was doing was paying honor to Dr. Kings deam and you have the nerve to speak out against it

    I would bet Dr. King is turning over in his grave with remarks like you, Al, and Jackson. You are the racist not Beck.

    Yes this is from a black man that's ashamed of all of you deadbeats.

    All of you are just trying to sir up trouble ike always.

    August 28, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. Mary Arrell

    Interesting how the man's last name is Jealous.

    August 28, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. terr

    I heard a man tell the people to keep faith.
    I heard a man tell us that our country was great.
    I heard a man tell us to keep that country great!
    I heard a man praise Martin Luther King!
    I heard Martin Luther's neice tell us what a great man he was!

    Glenn Beck has no crimes against his good name.
    What exactly is the problem with the Democrats and the Union bosses?
    Do they prefer Sharptoh? You know the one that caused killings
    in New York! The one that LIED AND LIED and then marched with
    the lies about RACE! When the girl recanted her lies he never told
    the population that he was sorry.

    August 28, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Marty Edmunds

    Many people of color were at the Glenn Beck rally. These were people who don't expect the government to take care of them. They simply want the opportunity to take care of themselves and succeed as Americans. Those who criticize Glenn Beck are envious of his message which resonates with so many. There were no "small hearts or small minds" at the Glenn Beck rally. Ben Jealous is the one with the small heart and small mind.

    August 28, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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