'It was a blessing': Ferguson business owner explains the impact of St. Louis Tea Party 'BUYcott'

For much of the month of August, the news cycle was filled of accounts of looting and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri. The violence was in response to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9. As was reported, Ferguson-based businesses were hit particularly hard by both vandalism and a lack of customers. But from the wreckage goodness arose, and Glenn devoted Thursday's Glenn Beck Program to highlighting the positive and inspiring stories out of Ferguson you may not have heard.

"In Ferguson, the violence has faded. So have the cameras," Glenn said. "But is that the end of the story? Do we even care? Does the media care? What was Ferguson really all about?"

While Americans are clearly interested in justice and learning what actually transpired in the moments before Brown's death, so-called leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and the media "stirred the pot" by focusing on the bad, the bitter, and the angry. Because of that narrative, most Americans have little to no understanding of what kind of community Ferguson actually is.

While Glenn asked TheBlaze to cover stories - like the 'BUYcott' organized by the St. Louis Tea Party - demonstrating the acts of goodness that emerged from the chaos, the Huffington Post was one of the few other news outlets to offer a different perspective.

"Last week, while I was on vacation, I clicked on the Huffington Post, not something I usually do, but I did," Glenn said. "And, at a time when most were using Ferguson as an opportunity to divide or gain power, Arianna Huffington wrote a piece herself showing the full picture which was quite different from the picture that the media has left us all with."

"Yes, there were looters. Yes, there were vandals. Yes, there are bad cops… [But] the good… has far outshadowed the bad," he continued. "Teachers spent their day cleaning up trash. Arianna Huffington also pointed out the religious leaders and the churches that helped clean up and worked tirelessly urging people to be peaceful. She pointed out the mystery man who handed out $100 to local businesses and insisted on remaining anonymous. Others opened up their homes to complete strangers, and donations poured into local food pantries."

Editor's Note: You can read Huffington's article HERE.

While you probably didn't hear about those stories from the mainstream media, Glenn found it encouraging that the Huffington Post and TheBlaze, despite whatever ideological differences exist, could be on the same side when it came to offering an alternative.

Glenn proceeded to welcome Dellena Jones, owner of the 911 Hair Salon in Ferguson to the program to discuss her experience with the St. Louis Tea Party who frequented her shop during its August 21 'BUYcott.' Jones said she did not have much of an opinion of the Tea Party before her encounter, but she is quite grateful for their support.

Jones explained a majority of the rioting occurred at night, and it was largely peaceful protestors who filled the streets of Ferguson during the day. Perhaps unsurprising, Jones believes the violent undertones were widely the result of outside forces.

"We definitely felt violated as a whole because I truly believe that some people from certain areas [outside] Ferguson… had displaced anger," she said. "And, as you spoke about… people sometimes explode instead of holding back to place the anger in a positive way. It’s really sad because I truly think and believe that things could have been done in such a better way."

There were some people who chose to handle the situation in "a better way" - namely, the St. Louis Tea Party. Through Facebook, the group organized a trip to Ferguson so people could patronize local businesses. Jones' salon was one of the businesses Tea Party members frequented.

"They just came in, and they’re like… 'We wanted to encourage you about what’s going on… We’re glad that you’re staying in business… Do you need anything,'" Jones explained. "It was basically a blessing. It was nice to hear from people who do not know you who are just like, 'Oh, can we help do something?'"

Ultimately, Jones believes the experience forged a relationship that will last for years to come.

"We exchanged information because I like to keep a relationship with people because you never know what or how I can help them or how they can help me. So anytime I come in contact with genuine people, I like to keep a relationship with them," Jones concluded. "We took pictures, we communicated… and that always leaves a lasting impression on anyone."

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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