On the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s historical “I Have a Dream Speech,” Fox commentator Glenn Beck staged a rally he called “Restoring Honor” that was a call for the country to return to God in its direction and plans. Tens of thousands are said to have heeded the call as crowds lined the reflecting pool to listen to Beck, Sarah Palin and county crooner JoDee Messina among others.
The rally was billed as an interfaith quasi non-political affair that was supposed to outlay Beck’s 100-year plan to restore America’s honor from its current darkness as he described it. The choosing of King’s anniversary has been a controversial one but did not keep people of many faiths and races from attending this call to arms. Oh wait, it certainly DID keep just about everyone but white folks from attending. Oh well, I guess Beck is setting forth God’s pan without the attendance, voice or encouragement of just about anybody but white dudes.
In fairness, Latino baseball player Albert Pujols was given an award for being a great baseball player and Martin Luther King Jr’s niece Dr. Alveda King spoke on behalf of encouraging anti-abortion positions, specifically calling for the boycotting of the abortion industry. King’s appearance would appear to have quelled the notion that some of the underpinnings of Beck’s movement are racially motivated. However, I tend to believe the proof is in the pudding and this dessert didn’t have nothing but vanilla flavor folks!
Here is a gallery of crowd photos taking during the rally and I certainly did not go out of my way to hand pick ’em. There is something missing from these photos and I think we all know what that is; anything but white people! So does this really matter? Is it a racist viewpoint to pull up photos and define them by the color of the people that are contained within the images captured by the camera’s click?
Simply stated, I think Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream but it did not look like what you see in these photos. What is your opinion in regards to the “Restoring Honor” rally being almost entirely a white affair?
Top Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst