Yesterday, CNN Headline News anchor Glenn Beck began his program with a commentary about the Duke lacrosse rape case. On Martin Luther King Day, Beck described the media’s treatment of the Duke players as “a lynching without the rope.” He then gestured to himself and said, “for the first time in my life, Mr. Oreo Cookie — without the chocolate on the outside — can understand why people celebrated when O.J. Simpson was acquitted.”
Using the term “Oreo cookie” in reference to African-Americans “signifies a racial slur for being black on the outside and white on the inside.”
Despite his long record of inflammatory remarks, Beck was recently hired by ABC’s Good Morning America as a “regular commentator.” GMA senior executive producer Jim Murphy told the AP, “Glenn is a leading cultural commentator with a distinct voice.”
What happened to the Duke lacrosse team was practically a lynching without the rope. And for the first time in my life, Mr. Oreo Cookie without the chocolate on the outside can understand why people celebrated when O.J. Simpson was acquitted.