'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.

Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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