Glenn: America Has Done ‘Really Bad Things’ and ‘Glorious Things’ — Let’s Be Honest About Both

Confederate statues have been coming down around the country, with the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee sparking a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last weekend.

America has Nazis “in growing numbers,” but we can’t address the modern problem without looking at the big picture, Glenn Beck noted on Thursday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program.”

The Confederacy was founded to protect and promote slavery, but racism goes beyond Confederate ideals. Progressive figures like Woodrow Wilson and Margaret Sanger have also contributed to America’s history of racism.

More than ever, we need to teach the next generation the uncensored version of American history, with both the “really bad things” and the “glorious things,” Glenn said. While we live in a great country with an incredible history, it’s important not to whitewash the terrible moments. If you don’t teach your children the bad along with the good, they won’t understand America in context.

“I want to recognize the past, and I want to recognize both the good and the bad,” Glenn said. “You cannot raise your children to believe that America is just this sunshine-and-lollipops country, because it’s not.”