'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.

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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