Glenn Beck: Inconvenient Segment - Who is the racist?

GLENN: But I found a story today that I want to share with you, new story about a couple that is doing some things that some would say is racist. You tell me, you tell me how you feel about this story. This is from the Associated Press. Dateline, Atlanta. Maggie and John Anderson of Chicago vowed four months ago that for one year they would try to patronize only Caucasian‑owned businesses. And remember, this is in Atlanta. The white empowerment experiment is the reason John had to suffer for hours with a stomach ache and Maggie no longer gets that brand‑name lather when she washes her hair. A grocery store trip now is a 14‑mile odyssey. We kind of enjoy the sacrifice because we get to make a point. So far the Andersons have spent hundreds of dollars with Caucasian‑owned businesses from grocery stores to dry cleaners. The couple has established a foundation to raise funds for Caucasian businesses and an annual Caucasian convention. We have the real power to do something, to use the money we spend every day to solve our problems and empower the white race, Maggie Anderson said recently at a meet‑and‑greet in Atlanta.

May I just stop here for a second? I know everybody's going to call me a racist for saying this, but if they want to shop at a white‑only store and it's their money, I don't have a problem with it. They can do whatever they want. So they are white people wanting to shop at a white store. A white‑owned store, a white‑run store, a store with all white people in it, that's fine. I think, you know, you're idiots. Why don't you look for value. You know, why don't you look for something. But they have the right to be that idiot. They are not racist. They have a right to do it. I have a right to disagree.

There are one million Caucasian businesses in the United States accounting for more than $100 billion in annual sales according to the national Caucasian Chamber of Commerce. The latest U.S. census numbers report that Caucasians have more than $800 billion in expendable income every year. One of the businesses highlighted ‑‑ I would think that number by higher ‑‑ by the white empowerment experiment is Brenda Brown's Atlanta Wine Boutique shop with a growing Caucasian clientele. She said the project can help overcome the problems many Caucasian consumers lament. Lewis Peeples, 45, lives in a Caucasian neighborhood in southwest Atlanta but didn't think to spend his money with Caucasian businesses only until a friend told him about the project. Quote: So often we make purchases and decisions and aren't even mindful that there's a need to support our own white businesses, said Peeples. Now I'm reaching out, making sure that I know I have an option when I look to make a purchase. Two months ago he committed to patronizing Caucasian‑only businesses and found a Caucasian dry cleaner just ten minutes from his home. Even when he was dissatisfied with his Caucasian doctor, he was able to find a new one.

Okay, this obviously is not, this obviously is not about a couple shopping in only Caucasian stores. This is a story from the AP in Atlanta about black couples that are only shopping in black stores. I'd like to file this one under "Imagine if this story were about a white person." You're a racist because you want tighter border security. I'm somehow or another a racist for wanting tighter border security on our northern and southern border. I'm somehow a racist for wanting tighter border security on the southern border, the northern border, and asking for our ports to be secured and asking for tighter security with our Coast Guard. That makes me a racist.

But here's a couple that the media can hold up and say, look, look what they're doing. Daddy had a tummy ache. Mommy had to drive a long, long, long, long, long way because they won't buy medicine from white people. And nowhere in the story from the AP do they have anyone saying, well, wait a minute. Do you think this story would have the same vibe to it if it were about daddy had a tummy ache but he wouldn't buy any kind of medicine from a black man? That person would be tarred and feathered. Now, this isn't about double standards in the media. We get the double standards in the media. We either believe in an integrated community, we either believe that there is no difference between people, or we don't. I suppose ‑‑ and again you have the right to do whatever you want. You have a right to shop at places where you think they reflect your values, but are our values dependent on our skin color? I mean, I don't care what the color of the skin, what the nationality is, what their creed is, what their religion is. I don't really care what it is. If they give me the best value and the best product and they treat people right.

We just made these posters that say this business is a 9/12 business, we believe in these values and these principles, that you could post them in your place of business. But I have to tell you, I guarantee you ‑‑ this is the first time I've told you that they were even available. I don't even know, are they available on the website? See if they're available yet. I can guarantee you, because I wrestled in my head: Should we make these available? Should we have these? I guarantee you they're going to be saying ‑‑ people are going to say that's code language, that's code language, that's for tea partiers. Are they? They are available? Where are they? Under what? The story? Do you know?

STU: I don't know. I will try to get that answer here. I'm just getting a yes from our person.

GLENN: So they are available, I'm sure in the studio store at GlennBeck.com.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: But there are things, there's one for your family, for your house and there's one for your business, you know, one that says our family believes in these nine principles and these twelve values. I think it's great for the kids. And then there's one for the business. Because I would use my money to frequent a store more often. If I went into a dry cleaner and there were two of them there and one of them said this is the value, these are the values and the principles that we have and we commit ourselves to those and live there, we do these things and this is how we believe our business and our lives will be more successful and our country will be more successful, I will go and I'll visit that business. And if they indeed are those people and they are offering me the best value, I will shop there. But that's about, dare I say it, content of character and not the color of the skin. But maybe that's just me and it's old‑fashioned, what is it, the politics of the past? I thought it was pretty universal, but what do I know. I'm no Martin Luther King. I'm just a thinker.

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.