On GBTV tonight, Glenn welcomed high schooler Jada Williams back to the program. Jada had been a featured guest just a few weeks ago, and Glenn was inspired by her story and her resolve to stand up for her education and her freedom of speech.
When opening the show, Glenn replayed a portion of the interview to explain why he decided to do a whole show focused on Jada and her struggle, as well as the larger struggle of freedom of speech.
WATCH the introduction below:
"They sent in social workers and the President of the Union to intimidate this family," Glenn said. "Even a thirteen year old. You're not opening debate you're putting a target on your back if you dare disobey."
Jada was targeted for writing an essay criticizing the failures of the public school system.
"If that's the fringe stand there!" Glenn said.
When she first appeared, GlennBeck.com reported:
“My advice to my peers, people of color, and my generation, start making these white teachers accountable for instructing you. They tooled this profession, they brag about their credentials, they brag about their tenure, so if you have so much experience then find a more productive way to teach the so called “unteachable”.”
The young lady who said this was thirteen-year-old Jada Williams, who was accepting an award from the Frederick Douglass Foundation in New York.
Jada wanted to enter an essay contest in school, and wrote about her impression of Frederick Douglass’ The Narrative of Life of Frederick Douglass, but it was never submitted. What Jada wrote apparently offended her teachers so much that she was harassed and forced to leave the school.
Jada and her mother Karla Williams joined Glenn on GBTV to discuss the incident. Glenn, who had a candid discussion about the essay this morning on radio, started the interview off by telling Ms. Williams and her daughter that he believes she was correct, if he understood what she was saying in her essay, but it was the use of the words “white teachers” as opposed to “teachers” that has changed the argument into one about race as opposed to making her original point.
Jada was joined by her family and Ayesha Kreutz, President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, on set in Dallas. In the clip below, they go further into the story that was discussed last week.
Before the end of the hour, Glenn told Jada and her family that Mercury One, his non-profit organization, would be assisting them in connecting with lawyers to help if they face any legal troubles going forward. He asked any lawyers who wanted to help to contact Mercury One.