Why This Conservative Won't Be at Glenn Beck's Rally
I understand why some black conservatives feel the need to participate in the Restoring Honor event in Washington, D.C. However, I have declined the invitation.
It could have been an honor to attend. It would have been something to tell my grandchildren about one day. I could have said that I participated in a historic event -- Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally that will be a notable point in the story of the Tea Party movement in America.
Instead, I felt that I had a greater obligation to history -- the Aug. 28, 1963, "I Have a Dream" rally in Washington, D.C. -- than I had to being present in Washington, D.C., this Aug. 28.
For me, it was clear why I -- and perhaps many other black conservatives -- had to say no. I understand that there are some who will participate in the rally on Saturday. For example, anti-abortion Dr. Alveda King (niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) will be one of the featured speakers.
The Frederick Douglass Foundation will attend the rally as "esteemed" guests, sitting on the speakers' stage, primarily in support of King. I get this. It is important that pro-life advocates grab advantageous platforms to address and eradicate the black genocide via abortion in our communities -- and since the political left is not willing to provide an opportunity to address these grievances, opportunities such as Saturday's will have to do.
Yet for me, after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's defense of Dr. Laura during the "n-word" controversy and Glenn Beck's feigned gratitude to "divine providence" for picking the Aug. 28 date, it just seems historically improper for most black conservatives to acquiesce to the spirit of this event, particularly as some of the principal personalities involved have long sidestepped the crisis in black America today -- the very issues that King spoke to back in Aug. 1963.
Glenn Beck is a media star who often quotes historians and politicians of the past, points to historical facts and figures, and implores his viewers to know more about the best of America's foundation and history-making events. He invites his audience to use this knowledge as inspiration to change America from the dangerous path that it is on. I concur with that general message, but I find it both paradoxical and duplicitous for a self-taught historian -- whose notable CPAC speech just months ago was full of great facts, quotes and figures from America's past -- to be so ignorant of the significance of Aug. 28, much less any speech on that date from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.