During the 2016 RedState gathering in Denver, Colorado, radio host Glenn Beck gave an emotional speech touching on various subjects, from the Wounded Knee massacre to WWII female broadcaster Tokyo Rose.
But when talking about the political movement known as Black Lives Matter, the conservative TV and radio personality stunned by claiming that he had finally learned why members of the movement were angry.
In late 2015, Beck equated BLM to terrorism, saying “I think we need to start calling it that,” while adding that “[t]hey are terrorizing you.”
But on August 12, 2016, Beck told an audience of enthusiastic conservatives, “I think I know why they are angry.”
“I do not agree with Black Lives Matter. I do not agree with it,” said Beck. He justified his position by explaining, “[t]he leadership, they are communists.” But despite the group’s ideological component, Beck affirmed that their issue is legitimate and they are loud about it because “we’re not listening.”
“We are not listening and they are not listening to us. Because we all speak different languages. … [but I think] many of us are saying the same things. … The people who are marching are not the people who are running it. They are honest. Many of the people who are marching, who are not burning things down, they just want to be heard. And we are saying ‘all lives matter,’ right? I’ve been saying that for a year, all lives matter. And that’s offensive. How’s it offensive? I finally figured it out.”
To Beck, black communities across America aligning with the BLM movement are signaling to something that is “happening in our own community,” and they are crying, “we need help, we need help.”
“Something is happening in our own community that we don’t recognize. Black lives matter.”
He then used a metaphor to explain further, equating the civil rights issues that BLM members hope to bring up to slices of pie. He explained that if everyone present at the gathering had a piece of pie except one individual, he would be saying “my pie matters”. Whether all pies matter in this case is irrelevant, Beck added. But the fact that a man wasn’t given a piece of pie matters. Now.
It’s difficult to hear Beck’s point and not recognize elements from the libertarian position on police brutality. He might not recognize or acknowledge it, but he admits to looking at the matter differently, realizing that groups of black Americans are bringing attention to a problem that is particular to their communities. Now, Beck admits, it’s time to talk about it, whether all lives matter or not has nothing to do with the issue.