'Reparations Happy Hour' in Portland attempts to atone for America's slavery sins

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What would we do without progressive paradises like Portland, Oregon to show us the way? We'd be floundering. So, thank goodness for "Reparations Happy Hour" in Portland last week, an event that is sure to eliminate all the pain of past racial injustice and totally cure racism in America.

Here's how it works. The organizer of "Reparations Happy Hour" is a group called "Brown Hope." They invited “black, brown and indigenous people" to a bar where attendees each received a $10 bill as they entered. The free money was mostly funded by white people who "Brown Hope" asked not to attend — because, you know, nothing cures racism and the pain of past segregation quite like forced segregation.

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"Reparations Happy Hour" was the brainchild of 27-year-old black activist Cameron Whitten. He said the event “made attendees feel as if their pain were valued and understood."

Look, everyone wants to feel understood, but if your “pain" is rooted in the possibility that you might be a distant relative of people who were slaves 150 years ago, you're simply choosing to be enslaved by the victim mentality that has consumed our nation like the plague.

Whitten said he hopes the event calls attention to reparations, which is the idea that the federal government should compensate black Americans for the slavery that their ancestors endured. He hopes to make this a monthly event, although they're changing its name to "Reparations Power Hour" so they don't discriminate against people who don't drink. Very thoughtful.

Dwelling on the negative past is no way to get the positive future you desire.

Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, once said in an interview:

I have never understood the notion that we could continue to focus on race in order to get over race. I've never understood [how] we have to be race conscious in order not to be race conscious.

That is the main problem with reparations. It can't fix the past and at best, it just puts a band-aid on the future. The idea of reparations is ridiculous, because where does it end? Every human on the planet could pin some blame on some group somewhere in history for some injustice. Dwelling on the negative past is no way to get the positive future you desire.

But if you really have your heart set on reparations, head to Portland where they're atoning for America's slavery sins, ten bucks at a time.

Only in progressive America.

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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