The Oval: Booker T. Washington

Good afternoon.

These days, America is hearing a lot about civil rights. And I believe deeply that America must always be making sure it is protecting the civil rights of its citizens.

After all, we affirmed this purpose in our Declaration of Independence. “All men are created equal, [and] they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”

These words can only mean one thing. God endows mankind with rights, and it is the duty of America to defend those rights for its citizens.

Today, I cast my eyes a century back, to the struggle for civil rights. I look at that chapter of America’s history, and what it teaches us.

And I look for heroes, people whose example inspire us today – and give us hope for tomorrow.

I don’t have to look far.

Booker T. Washington was born in 1856, the son of a slave woman named Jane. His father was a white plantation owner. He began life at the lowest rung of the ladder in America.

But he rose quickly up that ladder. And by his own efforts, he became America’s premier voice for full civil rights in his time.

He founded the Tuskegee Institute. He was a champion for the legal challenges to Jim Crow. He attracted the financial support of John Rockefeller, Julius Rosenwald and others, so that Southern blacks could build good schools.

He was an adviser to presidents, and they listened to his advice.

And over the course of his lifetime, he planted the seeds that became the civil rights movement of Martin Luther King Jr.

He was a giant and he taught us important lessons about what for civil rights really means.

Booker T. Washington understood the realities of his time. He knew there were bigots and racists all over America. In the South AND in the North.

He was not naïve. And he knew that the fight for equality would take generations.

There were four things he focused on. Four things that he said would lead to full civil rights for blacks. Four things that he said black Americans had to do.

Industry. That means work and invention. And so he trained generations of black Americans, men and women both, to be trained engineers, architects and other skilled professions. That way, white America would see that black Americans would work hard. He also wanted black Americans to see the dignity and reward that comes with hard work.

Thrift. That meant savings and investment. Booker T. Washington saw that communities that didn’t invest in themselves went nowhere. So when someone wanted to build schools in Southern black communities, he insisted that half the money came from the community. The lesson was clear: When a community contributes to its own future, it has a future.

Intelligence. One of the great sins of racism was the theory that blacks were not as smart as whites. This view persists among bigots today. Washington knew that the only way to fight that falsehood was with truth – so he made sure black Americans could learn … and learn well. He was an educator all his life, because he believed that intelligence means power. He was right.

Property. Black Americans sometimes didn’t own property because they couldn’t. But sometimes, they wouldn’t. He insisted that blacks exercise their property rights because he knew that citizenship begins with the right of a man to own something. In property there is freedom.

I think of these lessons because they apply today.

They apply to all of us. Even those of us who think of our civil rights as secure.

If we don’t demonstrate industry… practice thrift… develop our intelligence… and assert our rights to private property, what claim do we have to freedom?

What good are civil rights if we don’t act as good citizens?

Liberty and freedom and dignity may be guaranteed to us. But we still have to use our rights.

God does not grant us equal rights so that we can do nothing. He wants us to be his agents of freedom.

Booker T. Washington knew that civil rights are not bestowed by man. They are earned. And they are earned not once, in one generation, but every day, by every generation. Every American must understand that the strength and durability of their civil rights depend on what they do with their lives.

That’s how this country became great. That’s how black Americans won what was their right. And that is how we will see better tomorrows.

Thank you, may God bless you and may God bless the Republic.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

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Everything comes down to the two Senate runoffs in Georgia. If we lose both races, we lose the country. Democrats know this and are pouring in millions to usher in a Marxist agenda.

As the Left tries to hide how radical the two candidates really are, Glenn takes us inside the Democrat war room to expose the wolf in pastor's clothing, Raphael Warnock, and America's Justin Trudeau, Jon Ossoff. Socialism, the Green New Deal, and "defund the police" are all on the table. And Glenn warns of what's to come if conservatives don't activate: Chuck Schumer will weaponize the Senate, and the radical Left will launch an all-out assault to ravage the Constitution.

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