There's an amazing story behind this painting you may have never heard

Last week, Glenn introduced you to Ben McPherson, head of the American Dream Labs. While you have seen Ben's influence on TheBlaze in video shorts, set design, and visual aesthetics - you may not be familiar with his work as an painter and artist. On radio Friday, Ben discussed his first painting "And It Was Night", a recreation of the The Last Supper.

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"My favorite artist would be Caravaggio and the classic painters that did very Catholic-driven stuff. So I wanted to just kind of play in that field and see what it was like. So it was an ambitious first endeavor. At the time when there was so much controversy with the 'Da Vinci Code' and Mary and so forth. So I thought, I'll set it straight," Ben explained.

"I was just really set on telling the story from the lens that I saw it. I always saw these men as very salt of the earth. They were fishermen, very blue-collar men. I thought, I needed guys who have real beards and are authentic. And eventually I found the only place I could find those type of men were in homeless shelters."

Ben said he would go to homeless shelters to find men to model for the painting and capture the "tans and faces" in order to reflect the soul of those people in the painting.

"Some of them would sit for us there at the shelter. Some would come into the studio. And you never knew if you would see them again. So you had to knock out what you needed. You had to get the scrap. They call it scrap in painting. Tans and face. The parts that you need to capture the soul of that person. So if you can't get them again to sit, you have something to go off."

In the painting, Ben attempted to capture the full story of that night in Jesus's life.

"When you see Christ's expression, you can tell he knows something everybody else doesn't. You can tell there is the classic sort of exchange where Peter and John -- they're pantomiming, where they're like, who is it that will betray the savior?...When Judas was in the doorway, so this area in front of the table is where he would have been. And the title of the painting is actually "And It Was Night," which is what John said as Judas exits the supper. And I thought that was a powerful metaphor for everything that was to come. Gethsemane, the crucifixion."

"For me, it was important to have this narrative from beginning to end. And you can really see a story in this painting. That's ultimately what we want to do is tell stories."

Straight from the Marxist con of critical race theory are three big lies about "systemic racism" in America that are debilitating to our nation: the lie that policing in the U.S. is thoroughly racist, the lie of voter suppression, and the lie of equity as the solution to solve "racism." Despite the evidence disproving these lies, they grow stronger, thanks to Democrats and activists with selfish interest in these narratives, who, along with their media partners, spread the sinister message that everything in America is racist by default and only massive government intervention can save us from ourselves. President Biden, Vice President Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi – every Democrat on the national stage sees racism in literally everything at this point.

In this precarious time for America, Glenn Beck and North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson join together with data and the truth to fight back against the race-baiters ripping us apart.

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America has always been the land of the free. But as the line fades between the socialist, woke Left, and the Democratic Party that controls our government, are we diving headfirst into Marxism?

On his BlazeTV exclusive show, Glenn Beck spoke with Li Schoolland, who grew up under Mao's cultural revolution in China, and never did she think she would see the same warning signs in America. But now, she has a horrifying warning for us all.

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Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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