Yesterday’s Glenn Beck show was unusually crazy. Apparently Beck’s emotional outbursts are all well-rehearsed, so I want say that he was unusually angry and outraged, instead I’ll just say he was pretending to be unusually angry and outraged. One thing that particularly incensed him was Nancy Pelosi locking arms with Rep John Lewis to walk through the Tea Party crowd. This, he felt, was an offensive effort on the part of Pelosi and Lewis to analogize themselves to the civil rights movement:
Of course as Ben Dimiero points out before he was a member of congress, Lewis was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and a key leader of the civil rights movement. During the 1961 “freedom rides” through the segregated south he was beaten by white supremacist mobs. The whole deal.
I don’t necessarily blame Beck for not knowing all the details of Lewis’ biography. There are, after all, a lot of members of the House. Conservatives, moreover, aren’t interested in the civil rights movement and don’t know anything about it. After all, the founders of their movement were all opposed to civil rights legislation and to the movements and organizations that brought it about. But being that as it may, the Glenn Becks of the world can at least do as the favor of not taking umbrage on behalf of civil rights leaders. I think Lewis can figure this out all by himself.