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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" 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."

Filed under: Ben Jealous • NAACP
soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Lib Hunter

    Im sure that really had an impact on the few dozen attendees at the racist radical naacp so called rally. LOL,

    August 28, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. betty

    These people Sara Palin, Glenn Beck aren't fooling anyone.

    August 28, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Bob in Pa

    The NAACP digs themselves a deeper a deeper hole. For people who claim to honor Dr. King, they are proving to as divisive as Black Panthers

    August 28, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. KO

    Beck is a total joke. Better to just ignore him and his idiotic supporters.

    August 28, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. G.B

    Glen Beck rally was nonsense. Beck talked in circle and quoted everyboby in history. Coming soon will be the book and videos to keep the "Dream" alive. Beck prove that their is a sucker born every minute. You stay classy Tea Party.

    August 28, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Roger

    Why is it that black activists the likes of Sharpton and Jealous have to play the race card? The Gleen Beck rally to Reclaim our Honor isn't about black or white, it's about American Honor!

    Amreican honor that has been besmerched and degraded by a President and Congress, both black and white!

    August 28, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. rkm63

    It is you Mr. Jealous along with the black panther party and Al Sharpton who keeps the racism alive.

    August 28, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Voice Crying in the Wilderness

    That anyone can take Glenn Beck at face value is truly amasing. The fruit is not corresponding to the tree.

    August 28, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Paul

    The NAACP needs to go away! They cause racial discrimination and continue doing this by mocking a white man just trying to help our nation cope with the depression were in! SHAME ON YOU NAACP! I will never believe in your cause and I am not white!!! So even your own races disagree with what you say!!!! God is the only judge and man will never take that place. We will continue to fight bringing our country together and not apart.

    August 28, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Sensible Cape Coral Fl

    It amazes me how any intelligent person could support Glenn Beck. The stupidity of some American people is a national disgrace.

    August 28, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Johnny Five

    LOL, how appropriate is that name! Ben Jealous! That is exactly what he is toward Beck.

    August 28, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. acura2010

    So Beck & Palin spewing hate the past 18 months and all of a sudden, they have Jesus. You want to accept Beck & Palin heart was pure and doing what's right, but Satan plays the twisted game too the disrupt good with evil. Beck & Palin will be back in rare form next week, spewing hate, bigotry. Some of that crowd of bored.

    August 28, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Truth squad

    Ben is JEALOUS that Beck is getting the word out and making guys like him obsolete.

    Partisan hack organizations like the NAACP that should have an L after the A and before the C only know one thing LIBERAL polcies.

    blacks and latinos that are for conservative principles are not part of this guys plan of dividing the country.

    Yeah, MLK was for Obamacare, what a joke.

    August 28, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. li

    MLK was a minister, so neither one is right Beck or jealous, sorry, stop trying to rewrite history for your own political goals and try coming together under a united goal.

    August 28, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Margaret Anderson/Boise, Idaho

    I am stunned at the coverage given to this self-centered person. He portrays himself as some hero or some higher being . He is no more than a sensationalized lunitic. I am appalled at the people who think he is something special. He has self motive here to sell books and to make money. He disregarded the followers of Martin Luther King Jr. by having rally at the same location and on the same date. Coincidence, oh please.

    August 28, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. howie

    How can you slam someone who want's to improve our honor and faith? I simply do not get it.

    August 28, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Dave, Santa Barbara

    Whose God?

    August 28, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Ric

    Tee NAACP has officially become irrelevant. They are now the instigators of racist actions, not the defenders against them.

    August 28, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Tim from NC

    I, love liberal hypocrisy...... why can't Glenn Beck have a rally whenever he wants???? These are the same idiot liberals who get all up in arms because we oppose the mosque at ground zero...... liberals are such losers, you want freedom of speech unless you don't like the speech or the speaker..... do all of us true patriots a favor and move to Iran......

    August 28, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. Lou from CT

    The big difference between Glenn Beck and Benjamin Todd Jealous – Mr. Beck is rallying people who believe in HIS CAUSE, while NAACP Jealous is rallying people for issues that matter – health care equality etc.

    August 28, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. The only sane one in Wyoming

    Glenn Beck is, unfortunately, now on the same level as Jim Jones. His message is based on half facts and half persuasion. He is charasmatic to those who are vulnerable to his power (ie. uneducated, partisan, racists, homophobes, bigots) and they follow him like moths to a flame. If anyone should be compared to Hitler...this man should!

    August 28, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Madman09

    Sounds like someone's Jealous... and Ben Jealous for a long while... of dem white men.

    August 28, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. terry,va

    NAACP is an irrelevant organization now. At one time they served a purpose. The only thing they do today is to try to stir up stuff so they can have their 15 minutes of fame. Al Sharpton is a complete idiot. He needs to go to work for Obummie so the white house would be full of idiots.

    August 28, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. M Pike

    NCAAP – Hate speech at it's worst – Amazing

    August 28, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Madman09

    "For a year and a half, we've been subjected to small hearts and small minds on our small screens,"
    Now, thanks to Obama, we will be subjected to smalle hearts and small minds on out BIG SCREENS... When's FOOTBALL gonna start so I can think about something other than Politics?

    August 28, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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