'Black Panther' Mirrors Modern Day Struggles Between Peaceful Resistance and Radicalized Violence

“Black Panther” made history with record-breaking box office numbers over the weekend. Glenn shared his perspective on the superhero flick and its cultural significance on today’s show, praising it as a “very healthy movie” thanks to its nuanced plot and worldview.

In the movie, hero and future king T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to Wakanda, a mythical African kingdom that boasts unparalleled technological advancement and power. He is challenged for the kingship by a mysterious interloper who claims the same bloodline and wants the throne.

The two men approach oppression and racial issues worldwide in two very different ways, to say the least. Glenn’s read on the movie was that it illustrated the struggle between peaceful resistance and radicalized violence that Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X lived out in real life.

GLENN: So I went to see Black Panther over the weekend.

STU: Apparently with everyone else in America.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: Over $200 million it's made already.

GLENN: Really good.

Now, I sat in the fourth row, so I have to go see it again. Because I haven't seen a movie in the fourth row since I was about eight. And I saw it on a big, you know --

STU: Oh, wow.

GLENN: And it was -- so it was a little distorted. It was like I went and I was drunk. It was like, I think somebody just killed somebody. I mean, it was --

STU: Did you go to a theater with no assigned seating? That's not very Glenn Beck-ish.

GLENN: No, I did. It was the only ones I could find. The only seats we could find.

STU: Wow.

GLENN: So we went. And I really -- it was strange. Because let me speak as a white man here, I -- the one thing that -- and Stu and I were just talking about this.

I don't -- I guess I don't understand the -- the idea that there are no black superheroes or something. I just never noticed it.

STU: Yeah. It's our white privilege, Glenn.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: In a weird way, that's a real example of it. I honestly -- when they were like, oh, black superhero coming out. I never noticed there weren't any. Were there none? I don't know. Will Smith was in a movie, except he was a drunk superhero. He was black.

GLENN: No. And that was horrible.

STU: I didn't think it was horrible. I thought it was okay.

GLENN: All right.

STU: I'm not a big superhero fan anyway. So I'm not in that world where I dissect it like a lot of people do.

GLENN: So it is the strength that came from Africa. And, you know, all of this stuff that is -- is -- you know, is like Thor. You know, I'm watching it and I'm like, okay. This is kind of like Thor. They're -- the mythological gods that came down. You know, okay. So I guess the super, super white people had Thor. And, you know, African-Americans have Black Panther. So I guess. But I really liked it.

I was struck -- I was struck that it is probably the most healthy movie I have seen in a very, very, very long time.

STU: Healthy?

GLENN: I do. I think it is -- first of all, it -- it's the story -- I mean, I'm -- this is --

STU: Oh, no. Are we -- in case you're not someone who listens. You know, you're someone who is just tuning in for the first time and hearing. Like, hey, I want to see Black Panther.

GLENN: No, I'm not going to say that. I'm not going to blow anything.

STU: Oh, you'll blow something. Because you always blow something of every movie that you talk about.

GLENN: All right.

STU: So this is your warning, if you're going to go see it this week and you're worried about spoilers, you should be --

GLENN: I'm not going to spoil it.

STU: You say that every time. Look, this doesn't give anything away, but obviously that guy dies in the end.

GLENN: Well, you just wrecked it.

STU: I don't even know who the guy is.

GLENN: This is what I was going to say, I think this was a story of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Both thought they had really good points. One was right. One was wrong. One won, one didn't.

But it's the same argument of Martin Luther King and -- and Malcolm X. And I thought it was really important.

If you stay after the trailers -- stay after the -- the titles, you know, oh, they always give you a preview of the next movie. That is -- that should be played at the top of the hour of every cable news broadcast on every -- I mean, on -- on, you know, the whitey white network and BET should be played in its entirety, at the top of our every hour, until we get it.

I mean, it's -- it's good. It's a good message. And it's not the message that we're hearing everywhere.

STU: And because your description of it makes it seem like it's somewhat uniting. And yet it's being used as this divisive thing, where white people are saying, I don't want to ruin -- suck the black joy out of the room, by going to the movie as a white person. White people are --

GLENN: Oh, shut up. As a white person, you're going to learn things about black culture, I guess, that maybe you didn't really see. Maybe you've heard, but it just -- it speaks a different language. And one that you can understand. And you're like, hmm. I never really -- I never thought of it that way exactly. I never noticed that.

STU: It's interesting.

And it's still -- but it's not a message movie, right? I'm not going to go in there --

GLENN: I think it is a message movie. But it's a message you'll like.

STU: But also, it's a good movie.

GLENN: Oh, yeah, it's a great movie. A great movie. It's great.

STU: A good super --

GLENN: I mean, just, the visuals on it are great. I think it's even going to change -- I think it will change clothing.

I think you will see clothing styles in the African-American community change. And if not, you get that one for free. Anybody who is in the clothing industry for African-American --

STU: Huge textile industry, that listens to your show.

GLENN: Huge. I'm telling you that the costuming, I think, will change fashion.

STU: I was watching the Slam Dunk Contest, which I'm sure you did as well this weekend.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh, yeah.

STU: But one of the guys put on a Black Panther mask for one of his masks. It's one of those things that's really penetrating beyond movies and --

GLENN: You know, I -- I -- I didn't -- I don't think I really understood it until I went and I was like, okay. Come on. There's been black casts before. No. Not like this. Not like this. This is groundbreaking.

This is a history-making movie. And because of that, it will win every single award.

A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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