Beck Outraged That the First Lady Spoke About Racism

Glenn Beck fired up his trusty outrage machine on Monday and was simply beside himself that Michelle Obama would talk about racism while giving the commencement address at Tuskegee University, home to one of the most outrageous instances of racism in American history. That means she hates America, of course, in the mind of blinkered assholes like Beck and his co-hosts.

“White people in droves went out to vote for you,” Beck fumed, “and you were somehow invisible so much that you became the president and first lady of the United States of America? Tell me about the troubles that you have seen!”

Yeah, a lot of white people voted for the first black president. Therefore, obviously, racism no longer exists. Voila, it’s gone! Logic!

“The whites have never felt it,” Beck said, mocking the idea that only black people have felt the slights of discrimination and bigotry. “I mean, the conservatives have never felt it! The jobs that we are suddenly bypassed for because we’re conservative, because of our viewpoint. The religious that are mocked on a daily basis and belittled. Yeah, we’ve never felt that. We don’t know what it’s like.”

Is there anything quite so ridiculous as the use of thick sarcasm to say something utterly stupid? Oh yes, Christians today have people who make fun of their absurd beliefs, so they’ve suffered just like black people who were enslaved, lynched and discriminated against (and continue to be so). White Christian conservatives are the real victims here, Mrs. Obama!

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  • Modusoperandi

    To be fair, it is tough being a Conservative white male. Everybody wants our privilege!

  • llewelly


    “White people in droves went out to vote for you,”

    If the elections had been up to white men, Obama would have lost twice.

    In any case … if white people voting for Obama implied racism was over … what does that imply about people who actively demonized Obama? Based on totally imaginary stereotypes?

    But hey, you got paid for all those ads about GOLD.

  • colnago80

    I don’t know if Brayton is aware of it but the comment sections of several threads has been hijacked by someone who we believe to be Michael Egnor, the IDiot neurosurgeon from Long Island.

  • abb3w

    Political stance has never been a protected class. Even political affiliation is only marginally protected — public sector workers are protected, but in most states private sector workers aren’t.

    Additionally, stupidity is also not a protected class; and the extremely conservative tend disproportionately stupid — even more so than pure moderates.

  • wildbill

    While racism was eliminated years ago, Christian persecution has become so bad that several states are passing laws to protect Christians and their beliefs. You have to feel bad for these people, it is terrible that they are unable to openly practice their bigotry. And look at how conservatives are being driven out of office in droves in states like texas. Will it never end???

  • The Other Lance

    The only thing more ridiculous than Beck’s statements is the stupid hat he’s wearing!

  • StevoR

    .. you became the president and first lady of the United States of America?

    Well only once at a time not simultaneously in the unlikely event of Obama deciding to transition, Beckikins! (Wrong tense even if you do have access to a time machine and improbabilities happen.*)

    I’ve read somewhere the Plutonian right-wing theory notion that Michelle Obama is trans but never that Barack Obama is!

    * I wonder if that would breech the USA’s three term limit? A POTUS who has two terms as a man then transitions to a woman and changes xer name etc .. and gets another two terms – would that count? I suspect it wouldn’t be allowed but then I also think the two term limit is kinda bad too so .. (The chances of anything like that occurring are a billion to one he said! – With apologies to the musical version of ‘War of the Worlds’)

    PS Would also be interesting and kinda fun to see a POTUS transition during office and see how and if that affects things too .. Just a daydream mind you.

  • dmcclean

    Now colnago80 is going to complain about other dumbasses threadjacking? That’s some Beck-worthy irony in its own right. :headdesk:

  • dingojack

    Nice to know that Evangelicals* are now fewer that ‘unaffiliated’ and by 2016 the latter will be the most numerous proportion of American voters…

    Irrelevance looms Glen — get ready for a long, lonely stay at that gloomy, run-down nursing-home for elderly, unwanted & unloved bipolar/Alzheimer’s sufferers. :(



    * Morons Mormons make-up 1.6% of the US adult population [3.92M] in 2014 (down from 1.7% [3.859M] in 2007)

  • scienceavenger

    One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in my life was assuming that because I had brief periods of living in subpar neighborhoods with very little disposable income that I then understood what it was like to be raised poor. Martin Sheen cannot understand what it’s like to be homeless by sleeping on a grate one night. This is the mistake many people like Beck still make, and he’s doing the same thing with racism. Sure, we’ve all experienced occasions of discrimination – being “randomly” searched repeatedly in airports because of my swarthy appearance, shabby clothes and beard was a personal favorite – but that is merely annoying, an amusing anecdote to be told at parties, a speed bump on the way back to the Privileged Turnpike (TM). That is not remotely the same, psychologically or financially, as what blacks or women go through, where it happens over and over and over and over and over again in nearly every facet of life. The Beck’s and O’Reillys of the world will never get this.

  • colnago80

    Re dmcclean

    I wasn’t complaining, just bringing it to Brayton’s attention as he usually doesn’t read the comments. I would point out that Don Williams was given the heave ho for doing the same thing. Unlike Egnorance, ole Don at least provided some entertainment to the festivities here.

  • Die Anyway

    > “White people in droves went out to vote for you…”

    Well, now that I think about it; Obama 2016! (Michelle that is)

  • marcus

    The Other Lance @ 6

    The only thing more ridiculous than Beck’s statements is the stupid hat he’s wearing!

    I will concede that it is, indeed, a ridiculous fucking hat. However, It is my considered opinion that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, as ridiculous as the shit that comes out of Glenn Beck’s mouth.

  • sugarfrosted

    @8 In colnago’s defense, his thread jacking is always at least sort of on topic. It’s tangent vs. “wait what just happened?”

    Also @colnago, I think you should probably try messaging or emailing Ed instead.

  • blf

    Please drop the claim (emphasis added) “we believe to be Michael Egnor”. Some people do believe that, but others have pointed out that belief requires believing something the troll wrote.

  • theguy

    “Tell me about the troubles that you have seen!”

    Well, the President and First Lady have faced a lot of racist hate and ranting, mostly from right-wingers like those who listen to Beck’s bullshit.

    “The jobs that we are suddenly bypassed for because we’re conservative, because of our viewpoint.”

    And here I thought tea baggers believed that discriminating was their right.

    “The religious that are mocked on a daily basis and belittled.”

    Because criticizing religion is just like poverty, police brutality, the War on Drugs, redlining, lower wages and a greater likelihood of getting laid off, and having trouble voting.

    “Yeah, we’ve never felt that. We don’t know what it’s like.”

    Considering that the only thing cons seem to be able to say to black people, poor people and other disadvantaged groups is “get over yourselves” yeah, you don’t what it’s like.

  • busterggi

    Beck is a Mormon, they don’t know what racism is.

    Not since they were forced to pretend it wasn’t part of their original dogma.

  • ebotebo

    Did he get permission from the Minister of Stupid Hats to wear that thing???

  • Kermit Sansoo

    I like the way Beck looks. Most men our age are boring; he’s color coordinated and non-mainstream. Just wish he’d shut up and go away somewhere to enjoy his ill-gotten gains. It is difficult for me to sympathize with folks so pathologically addicted to wealth (“I shall never have enough!”) but still committing so much evil in the process of acquiring more.