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Inside Al Sharpton's 'Reclaim the Dream' march


Credit: Kevin Wolf/AP

Full coverage of the Glenn Beck and Al Sharpton rallies

Updated: 5:14 p.m.

Collected here are a series of updates from Washington Post reporters who were on the ground at the Rev. Al Sharpton's "Reclaim the Dream" rally as the event was unfolding. Read our formal report here.


The intersection of Independence Avenue and 17th street was a crossroads of expressions and participants from both events came together.

As one group of black women chanted "Yes we did and get over it," those part of the Glenn Beck rally clapped and passed out Restore the Honor bottles of water.

But Brett Cummings of Gordon Ga wasn't happy. "Look at the statement if we had all come together as one." Katheryn Travis who came to Beck Rally from Knoxville Tenn was almost in
tears. "Dr King wanted all of us to come together. We have to believe that."

- Robert Pierre

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When the Sharpton rally reached the mall, most of the crowd from Beck's rally had begun to disperse. Those remaining, mostly smiled politely. "We love Obama! We like Obama!" those in Sharpton's rally yelled.

"Glen Beck, we're going to show you. We ain't going to let Glenn Beck turn us around," one man shouted into a mega phone. The crowd followed him. A few people took photos as they chanted and walked down Constitution Avenue. "We need to be shouting 'we are America,'" said one woman in Sharpton's rally. "See all those tea baggers." The two crowds mostly gawked at each other and smiled.

- Krissah Thompson

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The march has started and is moving slowly.

-- Krissah Thompson

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Martin Luther King III will speak at the King memorial. Code Pink is also at the rally, along with other anti-war protesters. The crowd showcases a mixture of progressive/liberal causes.

-- Krissah Thompson

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"Let the line stretch. They're already going to say there were only 2,000 or 3,000 of you here," Sharpton said. "If people start heckling, smile at them. This ain't about you, it's about Dr. King."

-- Krissah Thompson

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the ralliers gathered at Dunbar High School that education is the civil rights issue of this generation. "Parents: Turn off the television. Educators: We have to stop making excuses," he said. "The dividing line in our country today is less around white and black and more about educational opportunity. We've been too satisfied with second-class schools."

He made no mention of the large rally Glenn Beck organized on the Mall.

-- Krissah Thompson
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"Shame on them. We still have a dream. We are here to let those folks on the Mall know that they don't represent the dream," said Jaime Contreras, president of SEIU-32BJ. "They sure as hell don't represent me. They represent hate-mongering and angry white people. The happy white people are here today. We will not let them stand in the way of the change we voted for!"

On the racial divisions evident in the rallies today: "We can either remain complacent under the guise of a post-racial society," said Cynthia Butler-McIntyre, national president of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. "We came today to say that is a lie and the truth is not in it."

"I'll say what Dr. King once said: 'We may have come here on different ships but right now we're in the same boat,' " said radio host Warren Ballentine.

-- Krissah Thompson

"This is America. All groups ought to have the opportunity to speak and give their point of view. We've been at the Mall," said the Rev. W. Franklin Richardson, president of Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, N.Y. "It's all right with me that they are at the Mall today because we are at the White House."

"They were told not to bring signs. Can you imagine Martin Luther King telling his marchers not to bring signs?" said Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP. "First on the list was don't bring signs. The second was don't bring your guns."

-- Krissah Thompson

- - -

The Rev. Al Sharpton said in an interview before he spoke to thousands at his rally in Northwest Washington that "people are clear in what Dr. King's dream was about and we will not react to those who try to distort that dream."

Sharpton was one of a number of prominent leaders who condemned Glenn Beck's rally despite the tone that has been struck.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who was an aide to Martin Luther King Jr. and was at the 1963 march, said, "When I look at my television, I don't see the King crowd of blacks and whites together."

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said: "We are not sure what the message of the Beck rally is since he told them to leave their signs at home. We have revitalize jobs and schools and reclaim Dr. King's dream."

-- Hamil R. Harris

- - -

"Don't let anyone tell you that they have the right to take their country back," Avis Jones DeWeever, executive director of the National Council of Negro Women told the crowd at the Rev. Al Sharpton's rally. "It's our country, too. We will reclaim the dream. It was ours from the beginning." The crowd roared.

-- Krissah Thompson

- - -

Representatives are here from various District political campaigns, labor unions and churches, as well as radio listeners to Joe Madison and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

-- Krissah Thompson

- - -

They will have speakers at the rally until 1 p.m., after which the five-mile march will begin, reducing the chance for a conflict. Radio host Joe Madison says the line at Dunbar High School is still wrapped around the block because of a bottleneck through the field door.

A good portion of the football field and all of the bleachers are filled. The dozens of speakers here each have three minutes on the mike and will touch on everything from ending gun violence and gay rights to voting privileges for the District.

-- Krissah Thompson

- - -

A gospel choir took the stage after a fervent prayer by Barbara Williams-Skinner. The crowd quietly sang along. "What do you do when you've given your all? Child, you just stand." Williams-Skinner made strong ties between the 1963 rally where Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his "dream" and the rally that drew hundreds of people to Dunbar High School in Northwest Washington. "Like Dr. King, we believe that the bank of justice is not bankrupt," she said. "We thank you God for raising up President Barack Obama as a small down payment on that dream."

Bianca Farmer, a senior at Dunbar High School, received big applause when she told the crowd not to stop at celebrating Obama. "We must be fearful of stopping there," she said. "The fight is not in the same arena as it was 47 years ago but the fight lives on."

"Part of the dream has come a reality but other parts have not," said Larry Handfield, president of Bethune Cookman College. "In this country still today there are cities where far less than 30 percent of black males are graduating to high school, therefore the dream is not yet complete."

-- Krissah Thompson

- - -

The bleachers still weren't filled 10 minutes before the "Reclaim the Dream" rally organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton was scheduled to start. Charles "Horse" Dobson had just arrived and looked around at the crowd, which was rocking to a live band playing old rhythm-and-blues tunes.

"King was about bringing us together, not just black people but all people," Dobson said.
The scene brought back memories for him. He was a second-grader living in a neighborhood nearby when the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed. School was out early. The neighborhood was on fire with riots that blazed.

"Things have changed a lot," he said. But some things had not changed -- to some extent racial divisions were still on display. The crowd at Dunbar was mostly black. The crowd at a rally organized by Glenn Beck near the Lincoln Memorial was mostly white. "King's dream was to bring us together," he said. "There's still a division. It's all wrong."

-- Krissah Thompson

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The crowd at the Sharpton rally, which has the feel of a concert right now, is small -- with a few hundred people and a long line around Dunbar High School. It's predominantly black -- though not exclusively.

-- Krissah Thompson

- - -

Joyce White arrived at a what she called a counter-march to Fox News host Glenn Beck's rally. She came to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech but also to show her opposition to Beck.

"If we hadn't elected a black president, do you think they would be doing this today?" she asked.
She recently retired and brought her grandson Troy to witness what she said would be a historic event. "Reclaim the Dream" T-shirts with black and white pictures of King were available for $10 near vendors selling wooden statues and Kinte cloth.

Tehuti Imhotep came from Baltimore with posters depicting black history from the middle passage through King's 1968 march in support of trash haulers in Memphis. Imhotep shouted at passersby: "This is our real history. [Beck's] trying to redefine the civil rights movement," he said. "How insensitive! King was about bringing people together. This man Beck is pulling people apart."

-- Krissah Thompson

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10:22 a.m.

Several hundred people gathered at Dunbar High School as a band sang Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" at a rally that the Rev. Al Sharpton is calling the "Reclaim the Dream" march.

-- Krissah Thompson

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There were likely more blacks at Beck's rally, than there were at Sharpton's.

Posted by: EdAtEdCoyneDotNet | August 30, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton and his followers believe King was just speaking to them. He was speaking to all of us. We had a chance to ALL come together. Sharpton wants the war to go on. Whites would have welcomed blacks with open arms..But, that's what Sharpton feared. He's a race baiting phony.

Posted by: Rainmakr44 | August 30, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

You had hundreds of thousands of white people ready to embrace black people, to prove King's dream had come true. Sharpton ignored a chance to really show racial harmony. He wants the war to continue. It's pathetic the crowds didn't join together. THAT would have been King's dream.

Posted by: Rainmakr44 | August 30, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I have a dream
I have a dream
I have a dream I can suck off the government forever, have 12 kids and cause the workers of the USA to pay for them.
I have a dream
I have a dream, a dream I can sneak across the border and spit out a child who will be cared for by those who are paid by the citizens of the USA, a child that will give me access to the benefits paid for by the citizens of the USA...not me...
I have a dream.
I have a dream that I can work in america send my money home to mexico and receive welfare, free medical care, free food, and free housing, I have a dream.

MLK had a dream we would all strive for the best and have the equal opportunity to do so. His dream was not a permanent slave class as Sharpton seems to covet. There is a difference..
I have a dream the Sharpton crowd will get a life, take the Elvis or Obama statue off the mantel and actually participate in this great country as something other than slaves and criminals. I have a dream.

Posted by: busseja | August 30, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

So many comments. So few signs of the open-mindedness required for intelligent discourse. Our founding fathers (after apologizing for whatever slaves they had left) would be appalled.

From where I stood, the divide between the two rallies was not about God, Politics or Race. It was about how, after 47 years so many can believe that Dr. King's quest for HUMAN rights in the self-proclaimed "greatest country on Earth" has been realized when so many -- including many of those in BOTH rallies -- are still dispossessed, outside the system, with no hope of getting in?

One can only wonder, is there something wrong with the system? How many of the homeless 'Nam vets that I give a couple dollars to on my way to work every day were given a home or a job on their way to the Lincoln Memorial this past weekend? (Now, that I think of it, I've never seen a black man out there .. fathom that ...)

Don't even try to blame it on Obama. These problems were there long before he came into office. They have nothing to do with who is the president. They, unfortunately, have to do with how YOU do or do not contribute to solving the problems that face us.

Step 1: turn off your radio.

Step 2: Think for yourself. Read. Engage in OPEN-MINDED and INTELLIGENT dialog with those whose opinions may differ from yours. Just for a moment, stop trying to convince them that you are right, and listen to what they are saying. Try to understand issues from THEIR point of view. THAT is what democracy is about, not trying to rally a slim majority so you can have it your way by shoving it down their throats. If you just HAVE to have it YOUR WAY, go to Burger King and then get over it.

Step 3: Only then, turn your radio back on and decide whether what you hear is worthy of your attention. You might find that you, rather than those who currently dominate the airwaves, ought to have your own radio show ... or maybe that we ought to reserve radio for emergency communications and let the people in the streets talk to each other instead of listening to polarizing blather?

Just my two cents. A simple question of who does your thinking for you.

- C

Posted by: chcornwell | August 30, 2010 2:31 AM | Report abuse

DUH................

Posted by: smith12492 | August 30, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

DUH................

Posted by: smith12492 | August 30, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Suppose we all cow-tow down to Sharpton? Do we want to known all over the world as "African-Americans" in power in the U.S. or do we just want to be known as "Americans" in power of the U.S.? Do we want to indicate to the rest of the world that Africa overtook the U.S.? And was Sharpton BORN in Africa, which would give credence to that title or was he born in America, which makes him plain and simple, an AMERICAN.

Posted by: smith12492 | August 30, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

I feel like copyrighting this thought or something because it is the thought that will end this "race war" if somebody, somewhere "just gets it" other than me. When "Americans" stop "hyphenating" themselves and "whites" are not the ones "hyphenating" themselves, will this "race war" will go away. This will probably take another hundred years. I do not identify myself as "Frech, Italian, Mexican, Indian, Indonian, Eskimo, etc." American, do you get it yet? To continue to carry the label as an hyphenated American is to continue a race war -- and "African-Americans" are the only race I know of that continue to make this division, although none of them are born in Africa, or very little of them are, and when they claim citizenship to this great country of ours, they come "Americans." And African-Americans DO discriminate--I have the books to substantiate it.

Posted by: smith12492 | August 30, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Sharpton's screed was about blacks lagging behind in jobs and lagging behind in school, with the implication that somehow is the fault of white people. Every race in America has the same opportunities, more money is spent per pupil in inner city and minority schools than in suburban, predominatley white schools. Take responsibility for your selves and for your children. You will then get an education and then you will get a job. Simple. Quit blaming others for your troubles. Quit shooting and stabbing each other. Is that somehow racist? I don't think so. The media going on about Beck's rally was "predominately" white. Where is the mention that Sharpton's rally was "predominately" black? I am sick to death of the racism bullcrap. Really. Race Card. Done. Over. I refuse to be guilty by virtue of being white. I can't help it, I was born that way and I don't owe any one anything, including an apology, because I am white.

Posted by: arlo620 | August 29, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton's screed was about blacks lagging behind in jobs and lagging behind in school, with the implication that somehow is the fault of white people. Every race in America has the same opportunities, more money is spent per pupil in inner city and minority schools than in suburban, predominatley white schools. Take responsibility for your selves and for your children. You will then get an education and then you will get a job. Simple. Quit blaming others for your troubles. Quit shooting and stabbing each other. Is that somehow racist? I don't think so. The media going on about Beck's rally was "predominately" white. Where is the mention that Sharpton's rally was "predominately" black? I am sick to death of the racism bullcrap. Really. Race Card. Done. Over. I refuse to be guilty by virtue of being white. I can't help it, I was born that way and I don't owe any one anything, including an apology, because I am white.

Posted by: arlo620 | August 29, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton's screed was about blacks lagging behind in jobs and lagging behind in school, with the implication that somehow is the fault of white people. Every race in America has the same opportunities, more money is spent per pupil in inner city and minority schools than in suburban, predominatley white schools. Take responsibility for your selves and for your children. You will then get an education and then you will get a job. Simple. Quit blaming others for your troubles. Quit shooting and stabbing each other. Is that somehow racist? I don't think so. The media going on about Beck's rally was "predominately" white. Where is the mention that Sharpton's rally was "predominately" black? I am sick to death of the racism bullcrap. Really. Race Card. Done. Over. I refuse to be guilty by virtue of being white. I can't help it, I was born that way and I don't owe any one anything, including an apology, because I am white.

Posted by: arlo620 | August 29, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Am I now to understand that Alveea King is a racist? Dr King is now on the side of the KKK? really is that your arguement? Its funny to watch the hate filled left make racial accusations. Did I see in the article that a black woman said we are in the white house now? Meaning black people are in the white house. I'm sorry I thought there was an American in the white house.

Posted by: JiminNJ | August 29, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

If Al Sharpton saw a black guy and a white arguing, didn't hear what they were arguing about. He would still take the black guys side(A la Tawana Brawley". Because... he is a racist and a liar just like Jesse "MLK died in my arms" Jackson. And minco_007, I've read most of your comments and you need look no further than the mirror to see a hate filled racist ignorant MF.

Posted by: JiminNJ | August 29, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

In response to gt111. from your writting you come across as a reasonable, descent person. Having said that I wonder if your interpretation of Mr Beck and the tea party is the result of "reading about them" Or actually listening to him (more than once) or attending the tea party's local meetings. The misconception that "they are racist" is just that. We are all Americans(we are the kindest, most humane,giving nation, albeit not perfect) What made us great is our founding principles. As a hispanic and Tea party member we feel these are being ignored, destroyed, or replace by a bigger government whose object is to make the individual more dependant on "it" and thereby secure their power and existance.People use to come here (legally)to have the chance to work and make themselves better. It is because of "people and minimal government we achieved such greatness" If you agree with these principles then maybe you and others should start listening to Mr Beck and going to these Tea party meetings. I think you may find that we have more in common. I sure did. If you still disagree thats fine. it's what makes America great. Able to disagree. Calling it "racism" just pulls us apart and we should not let that happen!

Posted by: hadenough2010 | August 29, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

In response to gt111. from your writting you come across as a reasonable, descent person. Having said that I wonder if your interpretation of Mr Beck and the tea party is the result of "reading about them" Or actually listening to him (more than once) or attending the tea party's local meetings. The misconception that "they are racist" is just that. We are all Americans(we are the kindest, most humane,giving nation, albeit not perfect) What made us great is our founding principles. As a hispanic and Tea party member we feel these are being ignored, destroyed, or replace by a bigger government whose object is to make the individual more dependant on "it" and thereby secure their power and existance.People use to come here (legally)to have the chance to work and make themselves better. It is because of "people and minimal government we achieved such greatness" If you agree with these principles then maybe you and others should start listening to Mr Beck and going to these Tea party meetings. I think you may find that we have more in common. I sure did. If you still disagree thats fine. it's what makes America great. Able to disagree. Calling it "racism" just tears us apart and we should not let that happen!

Posted by: hadenough2010 | August 29, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't know who's "dream" Al Sharpton is "reclaiming", but it isn't Dr. Martin Luther Kings dream. Hence the low turnout. This is so wrong on so many levels. Where in Dr. Kings I Have A Dream speech did he repeatedly mention "hate-mongering angry white people?" Plus, Sharpton and his fellow speakers clearly incorporated their progressive views in what was suppose to be a rally about civil rights, better yet, individual rights. Anyways, Dr. King fell on the opposite side of the political spectrum....he was a registered Republican. Not that either rally (Beck or Sharpton)was representative of Dr. King, but Beck's motivational speech and charitable fund raising is alot more in line with King than Sharptons negative name calling. Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed by the rhetoric of Sharptons rally.

Posted by: merehul | August 29, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I have to say, as an African-American, I'm disappointed in the turnout numbers of Sharpton's rally, especially in light of Glen Beck's rally. I personally was not going to make the trip from Atlanta to hear about the progress we have made at Sharpton's rally. And Glen Beck is an ignorant man who loves his power and his rise to relevance more than the country and its president who is doing more for all people than the previous one. I mean, who is he to call the president racist? Last I checked the president is bi-racial and he doesn't come off as someone who hates himself.

I think both men are dragging the country into the gutter, because Sharpton is still talking about the bad old days for Blacks and Beck is talking about, surprise, the good old days for Whites.

Neither men have truly captured what Dr. King talked about - healing, reconciliation, and standing arm in arm to move the country forward.

My last point: I have to give credit to Glen Beck where credit is due. However twisted and ignorant I think this man is, he organized quite a rally. And he has stirred up a feeling with many people that the country is heading in the wrong direction. I think Obama and the Democrats have to really take this man (and Palin) very seriously. This Tea Party movement is not a fart in the wind. It's real...and it's worrisome!

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Posted by: itkonlyyou248 | August 29, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

jhayne5 said: "Blacks are always whining and complaining, marching and protesting. Why don't you get a job for Christ's sake?"

jhayne5: You and your ilk call Sharpton (and Obama) racist, but it is racist ignorant bigots like you that keep the hate alive in this country. If you took the time to read what Sharpton said at the rally -- asking a lot of you, I know -- you'd see that he spoke of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity all not mattering. Oh, but you probably hate that idea even more than you hate blacks!

You are a sad example of those who prevent America from realizing its true potential. Fortunately, you are a tired relic who represents a view of the world that is rapidly whithering as more people see the bigger picture.

Oh, and you shouldn't use the Lord's name in vain. Especially when spewing hate. Jesus taught love and understanding, brother. I'm guessing your vitriol wouldn't sit too well with Him.

Posted by: tomguy1 | August 29, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

"Why is it that so many white people feel that we black people need you to interpret our realities for us? It is amazing to me that you also apparently believe that you are the authority on all things black, such as Rev Al Sharpton or Rev. Wright. We are not children"

What are your realities? You have every opportunity that everyone in this country does. Take some responsibility. Ie stop blaming everybody else for you problems

Posted by: JDB1 | August 29, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

When a crowd of angry middle aged well white people converge on a day that commemorates one ot ht emost brilliant days in our history, a day where people of all races and creed spoke truth to power and challenged the "good old days" way of doing things, and those angry white people start howling about "taking THEIR country back" and RESTORING" the nation(the very terms that Andrew Johnson and Confederates used in the post Civil War era - "reclaiming" their heritage, and "restoration") then it is time for everyone who loves liberty, everyone who loves American valueds, everyone who believes that the 20th century brought us huge strides toward making America an inclusive rather than an exclusive society to stand up and take to the streets. beck, limbaugh, hannity, palin, paul, angle, boner, mcconnell, toomey all represent the worst of the worst impulses in American society and history. Those impulses are always there as a plague on our nation and the world, and from time to time they rear their ugly heads and need to be put back under the pondside rock they crawl out from under.

Posted by: John1263 | August 29, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

What this country really needs is a "restoring honor, integrity, honesty and truthfulness to MSM" rally.

Posted by: hunter340 | August 29, 2010 5:25 AM | Report abuse

I have only made one comment and you say
I have made too many in a short time is
baloney.

rockydog35

Posted by: rockydog35 | August 29, 2010 4:56 AM | Report abuse

If I'm not mistaken, I thought we elected
a white president, who is half black!
Don't make the mistake of thinking that
just because you are not white, that
you had enough votes to elect him without
help from everyone. And Al is nothing but
an opertunist that needs to stir up trouble
in order to survive.

Posted by: rockydog35 | August 29, 2010 4:53 AM | Report abuse


So sharpton and his followers don't just own August 28 -- they own civil rights, too?

Race relations have deteriorated under obama. What a shame and pity.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | August 29, 2010 4:49 AM | Report abuse

If you think about it, the biggest racists out there are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. A 'white on black crime' happens, they're the 1st on the scene screaming about injustice and pouring verbal gasoline then tossing a match on an already sad, volatile powder keg. Why? Because they have made millions by doing just that. If they were truly interested in racial peace and were honorable men they wouldn't incite violence like they do. They would actually behave like what they call themselves: "Reverends." And furthermore, do you ever see them on scene or hear a comment from them when there is a 'black on white' crime? Never. They are nothing but predators, and ironically exploiting the very people they "claim" to be looking out for. Dr. King is most likely ashamed of them. At least Glenn Beck appears to practice what he preaches.

Posted by: mylove1 | August 29, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

If you think about it, the biggest racists out there are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. A 'white on black crime' happens, they're the 1st on the scene screaming about injustice and pouring verbal gasoline then tossing a match on an already sad, volatile powder keg. Why? Because they have made millions by doing just that. If they were truly interested in racial peace and were honorable men they wouldn't incite violence like they do. They would actually behave like what they call themselves: "Reverends." And furthermore, do you ever see them on scene or hear a comment from them when there is a 'black on white' crime? Never. They are nothing but predators, and ironically exploiting the very people they "claim" to be looking out for. Dr. King is most likely ashamed of them. At least Glenn Beck appears to practice what he preaches.

Posted by: mylove1 | August 29, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

If you think about it, the biggest racists out there are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. A 'white on black crime' happens, they're the 1st on the scene screaming about injustice and pouring verbal gasoline then tossing a match on an already sad, volatile powder keg. Why? Because they have made millions by doing just that. If they were truly interested in racial peace and were honorable men they wouldn't incite violence like they do. They would actually behave like what they call themselves: "Reverends." And furthermore, do you ever see them on scene or hear a comment from them when there is a 'black on white' crime? Never. They are nothing but predators, and ironically exploiting the very people they "claim" to be looking out for. Dr. King is most likely ashamed of them. At least Glenn Beck appears to practice what he preaches.

Posted by: mylove1 | August 29, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Looks like Sharpton's the racist to me.

Posted by: Chicago8601 | August 29, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

I find it hilarious that Al Sharpton only decided this date was important AFTER Beck picked it. IF it was such an important date why didn't he have a rally already scheduled?

What are you FOR if you are against Beck's rally?

Becks rally was about honor, so you are for dishonor? Becks rally was about a return GOD, so you are against GOD? Becks rally was for telling the truth, so you are FOR lying? Becks rally was for the troops, so you are against our troops? Becks rally was to return to charity, so you are against charity? Becks rally was for HOPE, so you are NOW against HOPE? Becks rally was about families, so you are against families? Becks rally was to get folks to return to the American values, so you are against those values? Becks rally was about character, so you are against character?

It's easy to see the moral high ground occupiers by the people in each rally. Code Pink, SEIU, Socialist Workers, NAACP, Black Panthers on one side. True AMERICANS from all walks of life and in all colors on the other. I stand with Beck and true north Americans everywhere.

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Posted by: markusjone28 | August 29, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

From reading these posts it's obvious that racism is very alive and strong in this country. Many don't even try to hide it. The election of an African American has brought it out into the open. And the really sad thing is that when minorities protest in any way they are told THEY are racist for not liking it. We have a long way to go and people like Glenn Beck are dragging us backwards.

Posted by: bgormley1 | August 29, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Sharpton is just an old fashioned coon. And dumb as a field hand.

Posted by: Phil5 | August 29, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, there are a lot of racists in this nation, but I know of only one who has been convicted in court of racist/slander -- Al Sharpton.

Look up the Pagones vs Sharpton case in the Poughkeepsie, NY court house. Sharpton's racist slander began in the case of Tawana Brawley -- a black teenager who falsely claimed rape against some white males.

The Pagones vs Sharpton decision was that Sharpton was convicted of racist/slander and fined about $250,000. Of course, Sharpton did not have that amount and had to get "supporters" to pay his fine.

WHEN SHARPTON STARTS MAKING RACIST CLAIMS -- HE SHOULD LOOK IN THE MIRROR.

Posted by: RonKH | August 28, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Says martigal10 ("August 28, 2010 10:48 PM"): "Sharpton is the epitomy [. . .]."

Whatever that is.

Posted by: LeighOats | August 28, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

1. Sharpton's folks seem to say
That Beck's folks were their in
opposition to Obama.

2. Beck's folks were if anything in
opposition to Democratic
members of the House and Senate
who have passed the laws an regulations
That is furthering SOCIALISM and
burying our Nation in DEPT.

Beck's folks are also saying work for
what you get. Enough Welfare...
It hasn't solved the problems.

Posted by: talketwo22 | August 28, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton is the epitomy of what is wrong wiht America ... Go Beck! We love you!

Posted by: martigal10 | August 28, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton is the epitomy of what is wrong wiht America ... Go Beck! We love you!

Posted by: martigal10 | August 28, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

It is so sad to see Al with all that animosity in his heart. There is no joy there. The presence of Christ in his life does not show itself. I would only hope and pray that someday Al sees the same divine inspiration that MLK felt. MLK never turned people against a race or a creed. I only see empty futility in Sharpton.

Posted by: Ireg2post1 | August 28, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

It participated in Reclaiming the Dream and it was outstanding to see the unity and reclaim what Dr. King and the countless millions sacrificed for. On the other hand, my hope is if Glen Beck and his supporters, including Sarah Palin are legitimate and want to also proclaim the justice Dr. King worked so hard for.......they will take time to read Dr. King's speech, study his materials, understand what his message was and they will understand it's not about taking the country back, or reloading or simply angry because things are going the way they should. Only time will tell, but we thank them for alerting the conciousness of all people who proclaim peace and unity.

Posted by: fredyt3 | August 28, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

All the years that I've watched Sharpton all I've seen is hatred aimed at the white man. Sharpton is someone who could possibly have done great things and been remembered as a true follower of MLK, but instead he chose to be a divisive liar. Consider which is representative of America....300,000 to 500,000 people of every race, creed and color gathered together to give honor to our military and our God, or several thousand disgruntled people who can't get their own way. Oh yeah, that's a real no-brainer. Sharpton shows his true colors once again.....

Posted by: mom25 | August 28, 2010 4:19 PM |
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Then you have been watching with tinted glasses and your own agenda. If you are honest with yourself, Al Sharpton is no different than Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin, all of whom for the past two years have been extremely divisive, disrespectful and racist. Well, I take that back, the only difference is that he is black.

Posted by: catmomtx | August 28, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse


Notice how the WaPo hacks photograph Sharpton's handful of people from waist level so the they look "big".

To photograph Beck's crowd requires a helicopter above the crowd and it still does not take all of them in.

Posted by: screwjob21 | August 28, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Besides the 100 reporters at this event, how many actual people attended? 5? 6? You say Code Pink showed up. how come Cindy is not camping out at Martha's Vineyard this weekend? Oh that's right. The lib's only protest a Republican president, never a nahbob of their own ilk. Hows the race card thing working for you lately Al? Seems like you wore it out in 18 months, it has got to be a record. All hail Obammy!

Posted by: elcigaro1 | August 28, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I am happy to see both groups had enough money and time to meet together.
This is a Dream.
What was the temperature?Did it rain?

Posted by: TarheelChief | August 28, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Many people waited for 2 hours down near the Tidal Basin for the Marchers to arrive at the site of the MLK Memorial. 200 Cherry Trees will be planted there. Finally, standing with no trees near by...we saw the Marchers, but they kept going past the site...so, we pleaded, "Come on in." The line broke and the tired marchers entered a side gate while the lead cars had to go the long way around! What a beautiful day with clouds just celebratin' in the sky for us to remember August 28,1963 and to look to the future. All of the Beck people were friendly and even handed out water to those of us waiting.

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | August 28, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Many people waited for 2 hours down near the Tidal Basin for the Marchers to arrive at the site of the MLK Memorial. 200 Cherry Trees will be planted there. Finally, standing with no trees near by...we saw the Marchers, but they kept going past the site...so, we pleaded, "Come on in." The line broke and the tired marchers entered a side gate while the lead cars had to go the long way around! What a beautiful day with clouds just celebratin' in the sky for us to remember August 28,1963 and to look to the future. All of the Beck people were friendly and even handed out water to those of us waiting.

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | August 28, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Which protest HATED the other? The Beck rally didn't ever mention the Al Sharpton rally.

Where is the press coverage of the charges that the DC police raped Tawana Brawley?

Posted by: Delongl | August 28, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Once again its about attacking Al Sharpton or "support Glenn Beck". What about the message of unity, equality, and justice? Only racist minds resort to name-calling and judging the intentions of others. All this yelling "Hey you are racist too" crap. Words should only be about equality, justice and fairness for all, not personal attacks on either side, black or white. White Americans of yesterday believed in using people of color to do their work because they believed them inferior. If we want that mentality to end then lets stop fueling it with racial rhetoric and focus on the solution.

Posted by: totalblack1 | August 28, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Once again its about attacking Al Sharpton or "support Glenn Beck". What about the message of unity, equality, and justice? Only racist minds resort to name-calling and judging the intentions of others. All this yelling "Hey you are racist too" crap. Words should only be about equality, justice and fairness for all, not personal attacks on either side, black or white. Americans of yesterday believed in using people of color to do their work because they believed them inferior. If we want that mentality to end then lets stop fueling it with racial rhetoric and focus on the solution.

Posted by: totalblack1 | August 28, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

My only problem with Glenn Beck's rally is that now I have to hear about Al Sharpton. I thought he was done his endless racist rants once Obama was elected. Whoops, spoke too soon......guess the Reverend needs more money.

Well ole Glenn is a Millionaire, but he has to pay the speakers, like ole principled Sarah Palin. The troops have already been forgotten. Honoring MLK was never on the Marquee. The troops was what this was really supposed to be about. Now the families of the fallen will have to take what's left over after expenses. But I guess they should be grateful? You people have to be, there are no words. No one is this stupid unless you choose to be. Any decent human being who could afford it would pay all expenses so the troops could get all of the proceeds. OPEN YOUR EYES!

Posted by: minco_007 | August 28, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Reading the comments as quoted by the WP from speakers at Sharpton's gathering, it would appear that they failed to listen to what MLK stated in his "I have a dream" speech. For Sharpton and many of his roster of speakers, it's all about race. They are full of hate for others who are expressing their pride in this country. In spewing their hate-filled rants against the hundreds of thousands of patriots who gathered at Lincoln's Memorial, Sharpton's speakers shamelessly played their "race" card by making false allegations of racism a common theme of their speeches. Their angry focus on race, based on lies and ignorance about the character of the hundreds of thousands who spent the day honoring America at the Lincoln Memorial, insults Dr. King's admoninition to judge others based on the content of their character, not the color of their skin.

Dr. King's mission is still a work in progress, with much to be done to achieve his dream. It's disgraceful when Dr. King's message is dishonored by Sharpton with his race-baiting-haters who claim to honor King while insulting his lessons.

Posted by: JRS2U | August 28, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

OBAMMY has made it easy for the blk people to live off of the government, he doesn't care about the welfare hippos, homeless, etc - he cares about votes. Has he ever visited a ghetto! Stop stealing from others, stop producing babies with no parents to teach them and they end up in prison or worse.

Posted by: Sparky15 | August 28, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

As a black person it appears Sharpton is more divisive than Beck. MLK Jr. would not conduct himself in that fashion.

MLK conducted himself so well They shot and killed him! As a Black Person you should remember that. Maybe you're perpetrating.

Posted by: minco_007 | August 28, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

oh Sparky it must hurt to know your own insignificance.

Posted by: doesntmatter | August 28, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

My only problem with Glenn Beck's rally is that now I have to hear about Al Sharpton. I thought he was done his endless racist rants once Obama was elected. Whoops, spoke too soon......guess the Reverend needs more money.

Posted by: Jsuf | August 28, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Racism is one thing but ignorant Racism is another level. The Southern Klan innuendo being used here is seething and dripping with ignorance. Tired welfare innuendo born of Southern Hate and Evil murderers of the innocent. Trying to preserve an inhumane system of Evil, lazy, inbred, Sick beings.

Posted by: minco_007 | August 28, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Dr. King must be sickened by the depths of corruption that the likes of King Thug Al Sharpton will go to lead a very small group of foolish racists into the mud and slime of lies and hate demonstrated by today's Sharpton "anti" Rally which should have been named the "Anti King/Anti God" rally for angry mentally challenged bigots! Beck is headed in the right (and righteous) direction while Sharpton and his unruly gang is headed for jail! Those were "NOT" real followers of Dr. King in Washington, D.C. today marching with Sharpton. The real followers (of all colors!) attended the Beck rally.

Posted by: alaskatimes | August 28, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

As a black person it appears Sharpton is more divisive than Beck. MLK Jr. would not conduct himself in that fashion.

Posted by: cleancut77 | August 28, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that so many white people feel that we black people need you to interpret our realities for us? It is amazing to me that you also apparently believe that you are the authority on all things black, such as Rev Al Sharpton or Rev. Wright. We are not children. Thanks to the efforts of many of our foreparents, many of us are educated, thinking, reasoning people. Why would a person who has followed Rev. Al's career for years, need to listen to someone who has not followed his career since the T.Brawley incident? Let's get real, Mr. Beck changed the purpose of his rally multiple times. Initially, he wanted to reclaim civil rights because the idea had become "so distorted". He said that was only appropriate as "we started the civil rights movement" Who is the we to whom he refers? Please, Dr. King is a hero now. Guess who was called communist and un-American while he was alive? Mr. Beck has been caught in lie after lie. Why is he the person to lead a rally about restoring honor.

Posted by: maria5950 | August 28, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton?

Compared to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he is just a toe nail clipping.

You want the very definition of greatness? Dr. King.

Posted by: oracle2world | August 28, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

BLK women hippos with a welfare check - no values there. Jumping around like idiots - get an education and a job!

Posted by: Sparky15 | August 28, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

All the years that I've watched Sharpton all I've seen is hatred aimed at the white man. Sharpton is someone who could possibly have done great things and been remembered as a true follower of MLK, but instead he chose to be a divisive liar. Consider which is representative of America....300,000 to 500,000 people of every race, creed and color gathered together to give honor to our military and our God, or several thousand disgruntled people who can't get their own way. Oh yeah, that's a real no-brainer. Sharpton shows his true colors once again.....

Posted by: mom25 | August 28, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Is Sharpton disowning the African-Americans who were at the Honor America rally?
Is "Rev" Sharpton disowning God? There were a lot of religious leaders of all strips and colors standing tall for country and God. Does Sharpton feel that they are not representative?
I wonder what Al Sharpton's net worth is these days, and I wonder if he could pass an comprehensive audit.

Posted by: observer1776 | August 28, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Is Sharpton disowning the African-Americans who were at the Honor America rally?
Is "Rev" Sharpton disowning God? There were a lot of religious leaders of all strips and colors standing tall for country and God. Does Sharpton feel that they are not representative?
I wonder what Al Sharpton's net worth is these days, and I wonder if he could pass an comprehensive audit.

Posted by: observer1776 | August 28, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Is Sharpton disowning the African-Americans who were at the Honor America rally?
Is "Rev" Sharpton disowning God? There were a lot of religious leaders of all strips and colors standing tall for country and God. Does Sharpton feel that they are not representative?
I wonder what Al Sharpton's net worth is these days, and I wonder if he could pass an comprehensive audit.

Posted by: observer1776 | August 28, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Is Sharpton disowning the African-Americans who were at the Honor America rally?
Is "Rev" Sharpton disowning God? There were a lot of religious leaders of all strips and colors standing tall for country and God. Does Sharpton feel that they are not representative?
I wonder what Al Sharpton's net worth is these days, and I wonder if he could pass an comprehensive audit.

Posted by: observer1776 | August 28, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Is Sharpton disowning the African-Americans who were at the Honor America rally?
Is "Rev" Sharpton disowning God? There were a lot of religious leaders of all strips and colors standing tall for country and God. Does Sharpton feel that they are not representative?
I wonder what Al Sharpton's net worth is these days, and I wonder if he could pass an comprehensive audit.

Posted by: observer1776 | August 28, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I have a dream that someday..
...women will reject the cycle of welfare and wait until marriage before having children.

I have a dream that someday...
...men will take responsility for their family and resist the desire to be 'players'.

I have a dream that someday...
...we will all dismiss the rhetoric of the race-hustling, poverty pimps such as Sharpton, Jackson and Eugene Robinson.

I have a dream that someday...
...ah, screw it, it's useless.

Posted by: tulsa_dave | August 28, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse


Comments made by Al Sharpton's group, SEIU, etc., sure do not sound anything like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., message of love and peace to me.

I think Dr. King would have been ashamed of Al Sharpton's gang of nasties.

Posted by: prossers7 | August 28, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton is a divider not a uniter.

Posted by: Jmacaco4 | August 28, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse


Comments made by Al Sharpton's group, SEIU, etc., sure do not sound anything like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., message of love and peace to me.

I think Dr. King would have been ashamed of Al Sharpton's gang of nasties.

Posted by: prossers7 | August 28, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

What a pathetic man!

If we want to skip the nonsense and cut to the chase, it all boils down to this. The reverends had no plans on 828 of 2010 to honor the legacy of the "I Have a Dream" speech with a rally, a parade, or any such celebration of the sort, and now a white man is showing them up with a non-political rally honoring servicemen and paying tribute to Dr. King by talking of peace, love of country, and honor. Glenn Beck is doing what they did not have the foresight, the will, or the heart to do. They have not lived up to the dream, and these reverends have not forged ahead in victory and giving justice to the 828 date.


The reverends, having been there, should be standing with Glenn Beck, but they don't, and here is why: Their dreams differ greatly from those of Dr. Martin Luther King. They don't share his vision of peaceful solidarity, equality, and standing hand in hand in unity and love with brothers and sisters of every race. If the reverends shared those dreams, ironically, they would be overjoyed that Beck -- who is white -- is holding a non-political rally of honor on this date. Dr. King's niece, Dr. Alveda King, is standing with Glenn Beck, after all. American Thinker

Posted by: Zcat | August 28, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

What a pathetic man!

If we want to skip the nonsense and cut to the chase, it all boils down to this. The reverends had no plans on 828 of 2010 to honor the legacy of the "I Have a Dream" speech with a rally, a parade, or any such celebration of the sort, and now a white man is showing them up with a non-political rally honoring servicemen and paying tribute to Dr. King by talking of peace, love of country, and honor. Glenn Beck is doing what they did not have the foresight, the will, or the heart to do. They have not lived up to the dream, and these reverends have not forged ahead in victory and giving justice to the 828 date.


The reverends, having been there, should be standing with Glenn Beck, but they don't, and here is why: Their dreams differ greatly from those of Dr. Martin Luther King. They don't share his vision of peaceful solidarity, equality, and standing hand in hand in unity and love with brothers and sisters of every race. If the reverends shared those dreams, ironically, they would be overjoyed that Beck -- who is white -- is holding a non-political rally of honor on this date. Dr. King's niece, Dr. Alveda King, is standing with Glenn Beck, after all. American Thinker

Posted by: Zcat | August 28, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Later today, Sharpton will be handing out awards to:

1) Welfare mother with the most children not in prison.

2) Marion Barry for resiliency.

3) Himself for best hair.

I am sure that there will be others but this is a good start.

Posted by: tulsa_dave | August 28, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Beck and MLK want equal treatment for all. Sharpton wants special treatment for blacks.

Posted by: Jmacaco4 | August 28, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

The dream is inclusive, available to all Americans. Anyone who says that he or she represents the dream to the exclusion of someone else has not the dream.

Posted by: MarkDavidovich | August 28, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Beck and MLK want equal treatment for all. Sharpton wants special treatment fo.

Posted by: Jmacaco4 | August 28, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Beck and MLK want equal treatment for all. Sharpton wants special treatment fo.

Posted by: Jmacaco4 | August 28, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton would have a far-more positive effect on the D.C. area if he were to focus his wrath on the astronomical out-of-wedlock birth rate and the longterm societal damage of children raised without the guidance of a productive man in the home.

Posted by: tulsa_dave | August 28, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

The Dream of the Handout.

Posted by: IIntgrty | August 28, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

We're going to show "the people on the Mall that they don't represent the dream?" Are you kidding me? So black people are the only ones who have "a dream?" Wake up, people! This is what we white people are saying! We've have the dream since we landed at Jamestown. It's our dream. If you don't want to share it, then leave. We're sick and tired of you and your racist chatter! It's over!

Now this sets the record straight! This IS the White Folks dream and don't none of you get it twisted! Never mind those savages that saved your lives at Jamestown, who by the way this country really belongs too. There is only one Racist mindset in this country and it belongs to those who have a nasty acronym for every race in America. No one else thinks in such degrading terms. You murder Dr. King, now you have a dream. SAD!

Posted by: minco_007 | August 28, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

We're going to show "the people on the Mall that they don't represent the dream?" Are you kidding me? So black people are the only ones who have "a dream?" Wake up, people! This is what we white people are saying! We've have the dream since we landed at Jamestown. It's our dream. If you don't want to share it, then leave. We're sick and tired of you and your racist chatter! It's over!

Now this sets the record straight! This IS the White Folks dream and don't none of you get it twisted! Never mind those savages that saved your lives at Jamestown, who by the way this country really belongs too. There is only one Racist mindset in this country and it belongs to those who have a nasty acronym for every race in America. No one else thinks in such degrading terms. You murder Dr. King, now you have a dream. SAD!

Posted by: minco_007 | August 28, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

America still has a long way to go to be the paragon of virtue we hope to be. It is very clear from a Godly point of view that every man, woman, and child should get a fair shake. Although I have heard a staunch Republican say that justice and fair play are not promised to the unconnected. Be that as it may, we need a society where every person should make a fair contribution and receive a fair reward. Both major political parties have failed us in that regard. How much longer must we wait for them to get themselves in order? It is time to form a Party with the common aim of working for the benefit of the all people in this great Country. No more blue dogs, red dogs, and purple dogs. The platform of the party must be clearly defined so that their is no confusion over what it stands for. If you like it you support it, if you don't, support some other. That way we know when we cast our vote we have a clear expectation if we win. The Democrats have a majority and cannot get anything major accomplished because of compromises. They even have to compromise with members of their own Party. There is strong evidence of self preservation and aggrandizement in the process. We need representatives who genuinely have the interests of this Nation and its people at heart. We need businesses to prosper to provide employment with fair practices, reasonable profit for the owners, and benefits for the Country. We need to provide adequate health, education, housing, and nutrition for all of our people. We need to clean House and Senate of those who have a personal agenda rather than the People's agenda.

Posted by: fasm7700 | August 28, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

America still has a long way to go to be the paragon of virtue we hope to be. It is very clear from a Godly point of view that every man, woman, and child should get a fair shake. Although I have heard a staunch Republican say that justice and fair play are not promised to the unconnected. Be that as it may, we need a society where every person should make a fair contribution and receive a fair reward. Both major political parties have failed us in that regard. How much longer must we wait for them to get themselves in order? It is time to form a Party with the common aim of working for the benefit of the all people in this great Country. No more blue dogs, red dogs, and purple dogs. The platform of the party must be clearly defined so that their is no confusion over what it stands for. If you like it you support it, if you don't, support some other. That way we know when we cast our vote we have a clear expectation if we win. The Democrats have a majority and cannot get anything major accomplished because of compromises. They even have to compromise with members of their own Party. There is strong evidence of self preservation and aggrandizement in the process. We need representatives who genuinely have the interests of this Nation and its people at heart. We need businesses to prosper to provide employment with fair practices, reasonable profit for the owners, and benefits for the Country. We need to provide adequate health, education, housing, and nutrition for all of our people. We need to clean House and Senate of those who have a personal agenda rather than the People's agenda.

Posted by: fasm7700 | August 28, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

America still has a long way to go to be the paragon of virtue we hope to be. It is very clear from a Godly point of view that every man, woman, and child should get a fair shake. Although I have heard a staunch Republican say that justice and fair play are not promised to the unconnected. Be that as it may, we need a society where every person should make a fair contribution and receive a fair reward. Both major political parties have failed us in that regard. How much longer must we wait for them to get themselves in order? It is time to form a Party with the common aim of working for the benefit of the all people in this great Country. No more blue dogs, red dogs, and purple dogs. The platform of the party must be clearly defined so that their is no confusion over what it stands for. If you like it you support it, if you don't, support some other. That way we know when we cast our vote we have a clear expectation if we win. The Democrats have a majority and cannot get anything major accomplished because of compromises. They even have to compromise with members of their own Party. There is strong evidence of self preservation and aggrandizement in the process. We need representatives who genuinely have the interests of this Nation and its people at heart. We need businesses to prosper to provide employment with fair practices, reasonable profit for the owners, and benefits for the Country. We need to provide adequate health, education, housing, and nutrition for all of our people. We need to clean House and Senate of those who have a personal agenda rather than the People's agenda.

Posted by: fasm7700 | August 28, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I have read coverage of Glen Beck's rally in several major print media, most of whom are clearly predisposed to dislike Beck. Yet I find nothing in these media reports to justify all the heartburn and hysteria coming from the political Left in response to Beck's rally. There has been much talk of racism, but all the racist rhetoric quoted from that day has come from Al Sharpton's anti-Beck counter-rally. To paraphrase Shakespeare, methinks they doth protest too much.

Posted by: bubba31138 | August 28, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Some of the worst music I've ever heard at a rally. Beck and his followers don't even know good 'ol American culture, let alone any one else's in the world.

Posted by: hrayovac2 | August 28, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton and the rest of his nitwti goons are more racist than any white person ever thought of being.
If Sharpton can't keep race baiting, he'll lose all his support.
What a clown.

Posted by: LarryG62 | August 28, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton... I have not always agreed with you, but thank you for doing this and showing MLK and his Dream the quiet dignity, reverence and honor this day deserves. My respect for you and those who walk with you today have gone up considerable. Know that many of us who must work and didn't have the money to toss on a trip to DC are with you all in spirit today!

Posted by: tara172 | August 28, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

This is actually a conflict between communism and democracy--one group wants everything handed to them on a silver platter with no effort given, and the other group holds high the flag of earning what you get. The liberal think tanks want to take money from workers and give it to the lazy and indolent. It really has nothing to do with race.

Posted by: IIntgrty | August 28, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

We're going to show "the people on the Mall that they don't represent the dream?" Are you kidding me? So black people are the only ones who have "a dream?" Wake up, people! This is what we white people are saying! We've have the dream since we landed at Jamestown. It's our dream. If you don't want to share it, then leave. We're sick and tired of you and your racist chatter! It's over!

Posted by: georges2 | August 28, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Al...quit whinning. You just want the government to take care of your people because they can't take care of themselves. Ony half of the peole in this country pay taxes and we can't just afford the handouts anymore...

Posted by: mark0004 | August 28, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Al...quit whinning. You just want the government to take care of your people because they can't take care of themselves. Ony half of the peole in this country pay taxes and we can't just afford the handouts anymore...

Posted by: mark0004 | August 28, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Al...quit whinning. You just want the government to take care of your people because they can't take care of themselves. Ony half of the peole in this country pay taxes and we can't just afford the handouts anymore...

Posted by: mark0004 | August 28, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Al...quit whinning. You just want the government to take care of your people because they can't take care of themselves. Ony half of the peole in this country pay taxes and we can't just afford the handouts anymore...

Posted by: mark0004 | August 28, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Al...quit whinning. You just want the government to take care of your people because they can't take care of themselves. Ony half of the peole in this country pay taxes and we can't just afford the handouts anymore...

Posted by: mark0004 | August 28, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"Look at all the Beck-loving, FOXNews watching, ignorant, ill-educated, racist trolls."

Yes, keep pimping that narrative. Do it hard enough, someone might actually believe it.

Liberalism took it hard in the rear today. Total pwnage.

Posted by: TheLastBrainLeft | August 28, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

From abortion-on-demand and same-sex marriage to multicultural madness, open borders, to banning God in school, millions of Americans today accept ideas and behaviors that horrified all previous generations.
Lies are packaged as truth, corruption disguised as freedom, godlessness sold as liberation – how can we free ourselves from the deception that surrounds us (read David Kupelian's "The Marketing of Evil" to see why and what to do to prevent your kids from falling victim)

The degradation of american ideals and culture was promoted and described by the 'Frankfurt School' of neomarxist subversives, moral relativists, and humanists, it was adopted by the NEA, Hollywood, and now the media in general.
Trump cards like 'Racist' or 'Bigot' or the socialistic refrain "Greed" are thrown down to prevent any actual discourse - the use of thoughtful reasoning, debate or even the acknowledgement of plain truths, the pervasive use of 'Racist', 'Bigot' and 'Greed' wild cards demonstrate the lack of substance, a pathetic desperation, and a lack of respect for individuals, and free speech or thought by the now fascistic left of the new Dem party (progressives/socialists).
One plain truth is that the actual results of liberal policies are invariably contrary to their original stated goals (liberation, freedom of oppressed, equality for all, 'Fairness", compassion, etc.).
Instead of believing in individual responsibility they accept the marxist notion of collective salvation thru reliance on Big Gov't, central planning, nanny state assistance and welfare entitlements that in reality keep their 'favored victim classes' dependent on the ruling class and prevents any real accomplishment - ie. thru struggle, personal growth thru facing down adversity as an individual which provides a true sense of self-worth rather than simply adopting the ruling classes notion of your worth, i.e. 'a victim.'
As always, the true motives of the political class that profers the lies and deceit are: power, control, and the plunder that follows.
While Beck may be overly dramatic and his oft non-professional showmanship can be a putoff, he is doing us all a great service, our nation is heading into 3rd world secular chaos and that must be stopped by any and all means necessary. He offers up facts that are deeply disturbing for a society that is supposedly 'free' and noone has effectively refuted the realities of the exposed corruption, lies and deceit, and hidden agenda's (exposed by others and claimed by Beck, but then noone is perfect), instead they just provide more lies or attempt character assasination, which only works when you yourself have character, and the political left doesn't.

Posted by: surfdumb | August 28, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck is a better American than all the Drug Addicts in this country. You guy's aim high buy setting the bar low. Follow the money! How much did that great American Sarah Palin get paid for this? How much after expenses will go to the troops. Ya'll don't want to know!

Posted by: minco_007 | August 28, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

bosslady: Glenn Beck never did anything that led to the deaths of innocent people. Google Stephen Pagones and Freddy's Fashion Mart. Sharpton has real BLOOD on his hands.

Posted by: TheLastBrainLeft | August 28, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I have a question. Has AL Sharpeton or Jesse Jackson ever had a real job?,they always seem to have time to go to all of the protest.

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | August 28, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Look at all the Beck-loving, FOXNews watching, ignorant, ill-educated, racist trolls.

Posted by: jade_7243 | August 28, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The White Right is making America a cesspool! You can't pick and choose when you want to be principled. You are either Principled or a Hypocrite! MLK would be aghast at the lack of minority faces at the Beck Rally. Restoring who's honor?

Posted by: minco_007 | August 28, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Ignore those bigoted Whites. Here is their biggest fear: They numbers are dwindling and they are terrified that when THEY are the minority race in America they may be treated as they have treated others. They will become the whipping boy. It will be interesting watching THEM march for equal rights! lol lol
It's the Bigot's nightmare. Let them implode. They can't do anything about it. Karma is a B#$th!!!!!

Posted by: Julescator | August 28, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

IRONY ALERT: I find it deeply ironic that the same people who claim to embrace Glen Beck an his self-righteous rally would come to WPost and say mean, vicious things about Al Sharpton and Black people.

You all should be ashamed of yourself - esp for trying to associate yourself w/MLK. Conservatives NEVER supported Civil Rights or MLK. And if Beck or Limbaugh ever claimed he was a communist you would be defaming him. You all are sheep w/out honor or respect. Shame on you!

Posted by: bosslady1 | August 28, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

TAWANA!

Posted by: mjapr | August 28, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse


Praise to Tawana Brawley. Al Sharpton was as right then as he is now.

Posted by: g0tcha | August 28, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the double post of earlier comment, website first said problem, when I reposted, both appeared.

Posted by: randy28146 | August 28, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"If people start heckling, smile at them. This ain't about you, it's about Dr. King."

Kind of like the "ghost spit" that hit Pelosi during the healthcare vote.

Posted by: grunk | August 28, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck is a better American than Al "Tawana" Sharpton ever dreamed of being - pun intended.

Posted by: randy28146 | August 28, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck is a better American than Al "Tawana" Sharpton ever dreamed of being - pun intended.

Posted by: randy28146 | August 28, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Why did it have to take a rally on the part of Beck and Palin to "Reclaim Dr. King's Dream?" It should never have been allowed to go unclaimed. His dream should never have been allowed to become a raisin in the sun.

Posted by: gitouttahere | August 28, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

today Al sharpton and many blacks have the right to reclaim the dream the dream has not been forfilled we still do not get pay the same as mens and white ,we are still treated as sec

we do not get treat like men and white people in this country we do not get treated like our for father help builded this country, we do not get good pay jobs that is why the youth are in to rapping because they can not find a job that would help them get out of the getto. you have other people come to this country been better treat it then us and some of them has brown skin like us, they need to realize we are not going back to pick there cotton and cleaning there baby po-po and nurseing their baby , i know because i was a child when all of this was going on so i no the dream has not been filled all of younger do not know what we went through so you all need to sat back and learn,and for you people who wants your country back it is not gone any where just say you want the white face in the white that you are use to seen. this woke me up showing me what this country is all about ,this is the white man world we are in it trying to get a nut.when the nutwing people this country all people who are getting pay to be with beck and friend you all will wish you did not. but god will have the last laugh.

Posted by: mrsrichardson | August 28, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Keep dreaming, Al. You people will only get somewhere when you give up your dreams and start living in a civilized manner.

Posted by: ravitchn | August 28, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

today Al sharpton and many blacks have the right to reclaim the dream the dream has not been forfilled we still do not get pay the same as mens and white ,we are still treated as sec

we do not get treat like men and white people in this country we do not get treated like our for father help builded this country, we do not get good pay jobs that is why the youth are in to rapping because they can not find a job that would help them get out of the getto. you have other people come to this country been better treat it then us and some of them has brown skin like us, they need to realize we are not going back to pick there cotton and cleaning there baby po-po and nurseing their baby , i know because i was a child when all of this was going on so i no the dream has not been filled all of younger do not know what we went through so you all need to sat back and learn,and for you people who wants your country back it is not gone any where just say you want the white face in the white that you are use to seen. this woke me up showing me what this country is all about ,this is the white man world we are in it trying to get a nut.when the nutwing people this country all people who are getting pay to be with beck and friend you all will wish you did not. but god will have the last laugh.

Posted by: mrsrichardson | August 28, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

You are absolutely correct . . . they do no represent "your dream" of a pure Marxist state. Give it up Sharpton, everybody has your number - and when you leave take those union thugs with you.

Posted by: rplat | August 28, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

You are absolutely correct . . . they do no represent "your dream" of a pure Marxist state. Give it up Sharpton, everybody has your number - and when you leave take those union thugs with you.

Posted by: rplat | August 28, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

So "Reverend" Sharpton is saying that Dr. King's dream is not for everyone? That is the antithesis (look it up, Sharpton) of what Dr. King said.

I think Beck has a big mouth and says things without checking his facts sometimes, but having a rally to say support the troops and keep praying for our country does not exactly sound subversive to me.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | August 28, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Didn't hear anything about the New Black Panthers and their radical racist comments and actions!!!! How pathetic Rev Al.

Posted by: Jimbo77 | August 28, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Al Sharpton's Small, Measly Rally by a small measly man that only loves him self

Posted by: wilsonkeywest | August 28, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Al Sharpton's Small, Measly Rally by a small measly man that only loves him self

Posted by: wilsonkeywest | August 28, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The LINE stretchded ALL the way round my Limo...well it aint MY LIMO its a borrowes limo..

.Al Sharptongue 8/28/10

Posted by: MeshugaMikey | August 28, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

SO what is your dream, fat al? We have a black president and a black AG. We have the congressional black caucus.

You parade around, bereft of a job - yet obviously live a life of luxury.

Tell us, al, how does that happen in this apartheid country?

How is it that the adherents of a religion which enslaved your ancestors, murder as a hobby and are the most intolerant people on earth, earn your approbation - yet you demonize beck and Palin.

You are a sick man, al.

Very sick.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | August 28, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Any time the best you can do is have the Rev Al as your spokesman you have serious problems.
It is sad that after 46 years the NAACP has to still play the race card in order to make the point.
Whatever happened to the good ole Rev Jesse? He is still looking for a cause and like Al a free ride off the backs of the blacks.

Posted by: KBlit | August 28, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

OK, Let me get this right, white folks are holding a rally on the Mall, same day as the "I have dream" speech was made and in the same location, .....black people claim the white man cant do this on this day because MLK Jr was black and my best guess is MLK Jr wouldnt want white folks holding a rally on this day, or BLack own all rights to this day and the Lincoln Memorial, or Blacks find it offensive that whites want to do this on this sacred day, however blacks didnt have any kind of celebration planned for this SO CALLED SACRED DAY" for their own rally, so Black folks are going to rally also to set off the rally the white man Beck is having..... all the while following a wanna be Civil Rights leader who by all accounts is black but loves to straighten his hair to the texture and style of a white mans hair o...k, NOW I UNDERSTAND!>??)(&^%$#@!+=}{|"?WTF

Posted by: Fred23 | August 28, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The intent of the Beck rally is to rally the conservative base of the Republican party, so they will vote in large numbers in the upcoming election, and help the Republicans gain the majority in the house and senate. Sharpton's rally played right into his hands by adding the "race factor" to the debate...stupid.

Posted by: DLT847 | August 28, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know that Martin Luther King and Black people held an exclusive right to assemble at the Memorial to one of America's greatest Presidents - Abraham Lincoln.
You left wingers really need to get a life.

Posted by: sandynh | August 28, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Fox New Corp had always publicly revealed it (Fox News Corp) to be conservative, and Mr. Beck is an employee or contractor of Fox News Corp. Then the rally "...to restore America" is a conservative rally, but ultimately resulting in a "paid advertisement endorsed by Fox News Corp."


It's disrespectful to have such a rally where Dr. King held the "I Have a Dream" speech. In the same token that it was disrespectful to have the rally by Mr. Beck, just as equally to build a mosque on the grounds of 9/11. Mr. Beck held his rally anyway! Therefore, the mosque should be built because there's obviously no respect in either situation.


As for Mr. Sharpton's rally, there is keen point to be recognized. Conservative rich Americans have trampled on Dr. King's speech in Mr. Beck's rally (no doubt carried by Fox News Corp.), and in memory of what it meant (Dr. King's speech). There was only video highlights of Mr. Beck's rally by the media. America (Americans) should not in turn become oppressed by the Conservative rich. Mr. Sharpton's rally was not to promote racism, but rather make it clear of the underlying "racial" intent embedded within Mr. Beck's rally. America is far from being "all" conservative Christians. America is filled with all creeds, and religions (orthodoxed, and unorthordoxed). Mr. Sharpton's rally brings the very point: "do you want to be beat-down, forced, and molded into a reformed conservative Christian?" This is what Mr. Beck's rally means, and Fox News Corp. is meaning to become the empire behind Mr. Becks message.


Therefore, truth could not exist within Mr. Beck's rally, nor speech. Mr. Beck didn't intend to represent "all" Americans in the rally speech. With Fox News Corp. being Pro-Conservative-Christian, there could not have been fair representation at Mr. Beck's rally.

Posted by: mariostevenson | August 28, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

THE TEA POTTY SONG

I'm a little Tea Potty
Short on Clout.
Here is my anger.
Here is my pout.
When I get all steamed up
Bile comes out.
Disagree with me
And hear me shout.
_-_-_-_-_-_

The right-wing American Tea Potty proudly craps on the
U.S. Constitution and it uses our Bill of Rights for its toilet paper.

Posted by: aahpat | August 28, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: David_King | August 28, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Fox New Corp had always publicly revealed it (Fox News Corp) to be conservative, and Mr. Beck is an employee or contractor of Fox News Corp. Then the rally "...to restore America" is a conservative rally, but ultimately resulting in a "paid advertisement endorsed by Fox News Corp."


It's disrespectful to have such a rally where Dr. King held the "I Have a Dream" speech. In the same token that it was disrespectful to have the rally by Mr. Beck, just as equally to build a mosque on the grounds of 9/11. Mr. Beck held his rally anyway! Therefore, the mosque should be built because there's obviously no respect in either situation.


As for Mr. Sharpton's rally, there is keen point to be recognized. Conservative rich Americans have trampled on Dr. King's speech in Mr. Beck's rally (no doubt carried by Fox News Corp.), and in memory of what it meant (Dr. King's speech). There was only video highlights of Mr. Beck's rally by the media. America (Americans) should not in turn become oppressed by the Conservative rich. Mr. Sharpton's rally was not to promote racism, but rather make it clear of the underlying "racial" intent embedded within Mr. Beck's rally. America is far from being "all" conservative Christians. America is filled with all creeds, and religions (orthodoxed, and unorthordoxed). Mr. Sharpton's rally brings the very point: "do you want to be beat-down, forced, and molded into a reformed conservative Christian?" This is what Mr. Beck's rally means, and Fox News Corp. is meaning to become the empire behind Mr. Becks message.


Therefore, truth could not exist within Mr. Beck's rally, nor speech. Mr. Beck didn't intend to represent "all" Americans in the rally speech. With Fox News Corp. being Pro-Conservative-Christian, there could not fair representation at Mr. Beck's rally.

Posted by: mariostevenson | August 28, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I have always thought that King's ideals were American ideals; that his "I Have a Dream Speech" was about the struggle of all American's. Sharpton and people of his ilk have other ideas. They and their Mainstream Media, JurnoList elitist hate monger followers preach a racist line. Frankly, I'm sick and tired of it. And I think the majority of America -- black AND white -- of all colors is too.

Posted by: JAH3 | August 28, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm not too sure Sharpton speaks for the educated mainstream or upward mobile black people? I would consider him to be more of a 'sheeple people' spokesman. People like the racists from the new black panther party are more of Sharptons crowd.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | August 28, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

DISGUSTING!
"Our" Nation experiencing joblessness, unchecked Corporate and Political corruption, destruction of the environment, tangled in two insane wars with our own dead and wounded troops and hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths . . ..

MEANWHILE two P.T. Barnum self-serving TV Evangelical type slum bag blowhards stage REVISIONS of the "White Christian" vs. "Black Freedom" war that MOST OF US hoped was in the past.

The TRUTH is that BOTH Beck and Sharpton are PRIME EXAMPLES of the corrupt self-serving destructive, DIVISIVE parasites that "We the People don't need (but are apparently too stupid to recognize as such)!

However, as one born in Alabama as a WASP (same week and year as MLK) I have matured mentally and MUST ad that the Beck crowd which includes Aryan nation , KKK , and NRA-Survivalist Wacos is a much more serious threat to ALL of US who value religious freedom (including freedom from religious extremists), and that A major problem for the Beck/Limbaugh followers is that WE overwhelmingly voted for and won a non – “pure” white President

Posted by: lufrank1 | August 28, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

If Dr. Martin Luther King's dream came true - Al Sharpton would have no income. His bank account depends on his creating strife.

For most people - the dream is true - we don't care what color you are, we care about your character.

Also true about wapo - controversy sells papers/advertisements. Generated hate by people with a financial stake in it.

Posted by: wingsofeasels@msn.com | August 28, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

If Al Sharpton is the lead spokesperson for Black America it is depressing. You have to be a total loser to have any respect for this faker. His awful Jew baiting incited murder at Freddy's Fashion Mart and his participation in the Tawana Brawly hoax shows what a sewer dwelling rat he is. When Steve Pagones had a judgment against him from the defamation case, Sharpton claimed he had no assets and hid out like the deadbeat that he is. As long as Black America follows the Al Sharptons of life instead of the Clarence Thomases, Bill Cosbys, Thomas Sowells, and Shelby Steeles of life they will remain stuck on the bottom rung of American life. It is a terrible disservice to all of us for the WP to portray this poverty pimp in a positive light instead of giving the true picture.

Posted by: beachbum09 | August 28, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse


Did Tawana Brawley speak?

Posted by: edbyronadams | August 28, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton is a racist inciting racism so he can profit by leading other ignorant racists.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | August 28, 2010 1:09 PM
??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Oh for goodness sakes the only racist on here are people like you and the others with the negative comments on here just to start something. Al Sharpton is no more racists than your Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the right wing hate mongers. Get over yourselves and go back to the boards where you can give glowing comments on Glen Beck. Why come to the boards discussing the MLK rally hosted by Al Sharpton and start your usual divisive B S?

Posted by: catmomtx | August 28, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Over 130,000 watched the Beck rally on face book alone. Sharptons rally?? A few hundred Black Panther SEIU and ACORN members

Posted by: Straightline | August 28, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't the Compost print an article about the racist Sharpton rally? They had no trouble drawing "conclusions" about the Beck group without any regard for facts.

Posted by: freepost | August 28, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

As I've said before, the ignorant, hateful tone coming from these right-winger commenters is truly striking. Beck is of course a huge phony, who usually manages to keep his underlying "character" hidden. But these commenters have no such self-control; the hate and ignorance just spills out for everyone to see. You people are an enormous embarrassment, not just to republicans but to the country as a whole.

Posted by: dougd1 | August 28, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

did they tell everyone where the jobs were...
because so far they have kept the jobs hidden...

Posted by: DwightCollins | August 28, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The SEIU are corrupt gangsters. Together with Al Sharpton, they represent the gathering of some of the worst scam-artists of the day.

Posted by: pgr88 | August 28, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

FormerDemocrat:

In your usual dishonest and hateful way, you claim that:

"The Democrats on this board who call Beck a racist have no quotes to give...The Democratic Party has worn out that race card to the point that the word racism has no meaning at all."

Go to mediamatters.org (August 26) for a detailed history of Beck's racism.

Posted by: dougd1 | August 28, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse


Drew scores of attendees, did it? Is that more than Ronald McDonald draws at a personal appearance?

Posted by: edbyronadams | August 28, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

It shouldn't be too hard for a racist like Sharpton to lead a bunch of high school drop outs who live on crack paid for by welfare. Remember , this is the town that re-elected a black mayor because he was black and didn't mind he was a convicted druggie.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | August 28, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

wow, far more generous in the Post coverage's of Al Sharpton's rally.

I wonder if Martin Luther King is watching from Heaven and saying to himself that surely Satin has had his hand in the rise of Al Sharpton.

Seriously, how can anyone follow this man?

No need to wonder what MLK felt towards the gay movement, yet there they are claiming his heritage as well. Crazy stuff.

Too bad the post couldn't have been equally fair in it's coverage. Two flawed men speaking to well meaning people.

Posted by: LifeRunner | August 28, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Al who? There were more people than this at Marion Berry's last trial.

Posted by: hill_marty | August 28, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Al who? There were more people than this at Marion Berry's last trial.

Posted by: hill_marty | August 28, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton is a racist inciting racism so he can profit by leading other ignorant racists.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | August 28, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

We got Milk but Beck got God...and he is hangin' on! FYI - The Park Police no longer count crowds..they know how to do it but they get too many arguments. They did count the crowd for President Obama's Inauguration - and if Mr. Beck adds a million and a half...he will announce two and one half million in his pews today...including God!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | August 28, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Lets be REAL honest here... I've watched this rally from the start. There is NO hate on display. There was an honoring of God, Military sacrifice, and MLK.

To Paint the rally as a hate rally is to disrespect MLK and what he stood for.

Praise God and Thank you Jesus for all you have done and please continue to guide this country and those that proclaim to LEAD it.

Posted by: junk15 | August 28, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats on this board who call Beck a racist have no quotes to give. They have nothing Beck has ever said that would lead you to think he is a racist. All they have is their perpetual race card that they play. Anyone who doesn't believe in the racial entitlement of the black race, is a racist. Anyone who doesn't believe that one man's pocket should be picked to give to another man, is a racist.


The Democratic Party has worn out that race card to the point that the word racism has no meaning at all.

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | August 28, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Most Americans who support Glenn Beck’s demonstration for America also support the civil rights movement of Martin Luther King Jr. who expressed the desires of people in an overwhelming way. The words of “I Have a Dream” bring out the best in all people. We want to be free from ridicule and discrimination and treated equally by all men and women in the sight of God.

By his deeds we shall know him and Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of God with strong and persistent faith in the Almighty. Reverend King preached the gospel of Jesus Christ in his Church and demonstrated his conviction before all men and women and God our Father.

We believe that Martin Luther King will be viewing all the people at the Lincoln Memorial grounds from his presence at the throne of God. The Soul of Martin Luther may very well sing out “my dream” is coming true when he sees Glenn Beck with all his supporters celebrating the event to Restore Honor for all people. Both Beck and King realize that we are all God’s children. God Bless America.

Posted by: klausdmk | August 28, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

This is what freedom in America is about. Not a rightwing White Christian rally. Disastrous performance by Glenn Beck..

Posted by: dudh | August 28, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

DREAMERS: Those who spend their days sitting around thinking up ways to take from whites what they've earned; in the name of equality.

Posted by: intherealworld | August 28, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Reclaim the dream? You mean the part where we judge people by the content of their character? Uhh...I don't see much of that in Sharpton.

Posted by: akwa01 | August 28, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Reclaim the dream? You mean the part where we judge people by the content of their character? Uhh...I don't see much of that in Sharpton.

Posted by: akwa01 | August 28, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Glen Beck cannot hurt Mr. King's dream, but Mr. Sharpton and Eugene Robinson certainly can.

Posted by: Anna8 | August 28, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The liberals are sick, sick puppies. They are a member of a cult of failure that has made countries like Cuba and Venezuela what they are today. America was not founded by progressives nor did it become the greatest country on earth by electing left wing socialist/fascist/haters of all that is American.

You left wing people need more than an intervention. You need a colonoscopy.
8/28/2010 12:44:28 PM

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | August 28, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The liberals are sick, sick puppies. They are a member of a cult of failure that has made countries like Cuba and Venezuela what they are today. America was not founded by progressives nor did it become the greatest country on earth by electing left wing socialist/fascist/haters of all that is American.

You left wing people need more than an intervention. You need a colonoscopy.
8/28/2010 12:44:28 PM

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | August 28, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The liberals are sick, sick puppies. They are a member of a cult of failure that has made countries like Cuba and Venezuela what they are today. America was not founded by progressives nor did it become the greatest country on earth by electing left wing socialist/fascist/haters of all that is American.

You left wing people need more than an intervention. You need a colonoscopy.
8/28/2010 12:44:28 PM

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | August 28, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The liberals are sick, sick puppies. They are a member of a cult of failure that has made countries like Cuba and Venezuela what they are today. America was not founded by progressives nor did it become the greatest country on earth by electing left wing socialist/fascist/haters of all that is American.

You left wing people need more than an intervention. You need a colonoscopy.
8/28/2010 12:44:28 PM

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | August 28, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

my 2 cents is this. the rev. is and FBI informer. i cant take anything he says at face value.i will never allow myself 2 follow him or any body like him 2 lead me anywhere. this guy was arrested in a undercover drug deal.dont take my word on it look it up yourself. he is marching against beck,but he is Beck co-worker at fox news. yes he get paid from fox news. he was and FBI undercover informer,i would like 2 know who did he sell out in the civil rights movement 2 get out of that federal drug case. thats just my 2 cents. have a good day...

Posted by: alleyes | August 28, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The liberals are sick, sick puppies. They are a member of a cult of failure that has made countries like Cuba and Venezuela what they are today. America was not founded by progressives nor did it become the greatest country on earth by electing left wing socialist/fascist/haters of all that is American.

You left wing people need more than an intervention. You need a colonoscopy.
8/28/2010 12:44:28 PM

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | August 28, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

700,000 folks at Restoring Honor.....

http://www.facebook.com/restoringhonor?v=app_136483746394240

Listened to Dr. Alveda King... She was amazing....

Posted by: ftbuta | August 28, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I really think Al Sharpton is an impressive fellow. Really, really, really. In fact, I'm so impressed with him, I will personally volunteer to teach him how to read.

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | August 28, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice if the media would be truthful about how many people are at each rally


Apparently the rallies are getting equal billing.


HOWEVER - there are hundreds of thousands at Glen Beck's rally,


AND - well, hundreds at the Sharpton rally.

It is an embarassment that CNN changed the camera angles around - so as to not show Glen Beck's crowd - WE ARE ONTO YOU !!!

.

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | August 28, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Sharpton divides America worse than the I voted for Obama because he is Black crowd which happens to follow Sharpton.

King would have kicked Sharpton out of his entourage by now. Sharpton is not part of Kings dream and those people should be ashamed just to follow that agitator

Posted by: ieklein | August 28, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

It's really dishearting to see that Minorities (Blks/Hispanic, WHITE FEMALES etc) are Consenting TO AND ENFORCING Discrimination and Jim Crow/ BLACK CODES SEGREGATION STRUCTURE, IT'S BEING ENFORCED ON SAME SEX BY OTHER MINORITIES !!!, THAT WILL ESTABLISH A LEGAL "PRECEDENT" (STAR E' DESISIS) THAT GO AFTER THEM AS WELL IN THE FUTURE AND OVERTURN THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS etc (GRANTED TO THEM BY REPUBLICANS HISTORICALLY), BUT BY THEN NO ONE WILL HEAR THEIR PLEAS FOR EQUALITY BECAUSE IT WILL BE TOLD TO THEM , YOU ALL CONSENTED TO IT ON OTHERS,AND BY THE BINDING PRECEDENCE OF STAR E' DESISIS IT ALSO APPLIES TO YOU ALSO, BECAUSE OF THIS "BLACK CODES" STRUCTURE ENFORCEMENT MINORITIES etc HAVE BECOME THAT WHICH THEY HATE AS WELL

THE BIBLE WAS MIS-USED AGAINST CIVIL RIGHTS ERA AND TO JUSTIFY SLAVERY AND JIM CROW AS NOW "BLACK CODES" LIKE STRUCTURE BEING USED AGAINST SAME SEX BY OTHER MINORITIES (WIKIPEDIA AND GOOGLE "BIBLE SLAVERY" AND "BLACK CODES) and it wont help you if civil rights is overturn BY CONSENT BY MINORITIES TO SEGREGATE, IT WILL SET A LEGALLY BINDING PRECEDENT (ADA/BLK AA/ NOW,NAACP and others) THAT WILL FINALLY START TO ERODE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND CIVIL RIGHTS....THANK "MINORITIES", ...Bigots, YOU BROUGHT SLAVERY BACK MIS-USE BIBLE THUMPERS.....BRAIN WASHED!!! AS BILLY HOLLIDAY SONGED "STRANGE FRUIT" HANGING FROM THE TREES, (SHACKLES AND TREE HANGING AGAIN IN MIS-USE OF BIBLES STANDARDS AND CODES TO ENSLAVE OTHERS)

Since when did "JESUS" avocate death penalties???, YOUR THE SO-CALLED SATANIST NOW!!! PETER PUT AWAY THAT SWORD, YOU WILL DIE BY THE SWORD!!

Posted by: shaiarra | August 28, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

They say that the nation can not be taken back -


But then they say they are taking back the dream.


Did Glen Beck take the dream?

Is there a football out there named Dream?


.

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | August 28, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Voting rights for the District - you would expect those phony teabaggers to champion this cause. But no, those racists can't give "all those n____s" the vote, they simply can't.

Posted by: johng1 | August 28, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

sharpton is a poverty pimp.....you don't see him living in simple city.....

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | August 28, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Alveda King just gave a wonderful, hopeful speech. No racism at the Beck Rally. All Sharpton people are racists only.

Posted by: BIGMANONCAMPUS1 | August 28, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Caught a bit of the Glenn Beck Show Live on the Lincoln Memorial Steps. My impression is someone is buying some African American Entertainers for the by and far Caucasian audience. Sorry, I don't buy it. Think about it for a second, most of the people that came to see King did it on their own dime and it was dear to them. Most of the people coming to see Beck's show aren't sweating for that dime, Beck and Fox bused them in.

America is blessed.

Posted by: glenglish | August 28, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

haha.. I saw like 2 people at Big Al's rally.. nobody except black extremists are into black panther ideology.. go to Becks rally and support people of ALL color.

Posted by: tmi1 | August 28, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Whats the over/under as to when the Sharpton crowd turns violent?

Posted by: luca_20009 | August 28, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"Sounds like the Right Most Rev Al Sharpton is seeking ways to work up a mad!"

Yeah, because clearly, Mr. Beck wasn't doing that at all! Sounds like a double standard to me, buddy. Which surprises me because I realize how you racists get so worked up about double standards lately...

Today, the only place to find more racism than Glenn Beck's rally, would probably be internet forums, list-serves, and comments sections of popular newspapers.

Posted by: El_Vagoneta | August 28, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Beck is either a fraud without a conscience who enjoys the spotlight and the $ or he's nuts , truly off his rocker and he does believe his own BS , either way he's bad news . That there are so many mental midgets in this country who take him seriously , God help us . Far from restoring honor to this country , he and his followers are an absolute disgrace and an embarrassment , they are making us the laughing stock of the world .

Posted by: Koom | August 28, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck is attempting to pretend this country did not elect President Obama. Why is he promoting anarchy and division?

Posted by: cmckrek | August 28, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Right Most Rev Al Sharpton is seeking ways to work up a mad!

Why so the racial pimps consistently wear little chips on their shoulders to become victims of their own actions??

Posted by: wheeljc | August 28, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Sharpton has done some boneheaded things over the years, but none of them have the meanness and hate as what Beck does nearly every day on his show. I'm headed down now to join Sharpton's rally. It's an obscenity what Beck is doing to the Lincoln Memorial, truly a desecration.

Posted by: B2O2 | August 28, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I don't think that way.

Beck is talking to the very cuore of America. And that is not divisive, but a call to everyone. To worship America's Values and MLK is one of the greatest!

Abs.

Posted by: delsio | August 28, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Al Sharpton is as divisive as Glen Beck. I wish they both would go away!

Posted by: mwhoke | August 28, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

"Joyce White arrived at a what she called a counter-march to Fox News Host Glenn Beck's rally to remember King's speech but also to show her opposition to Beck."

"If we hadn't elected a black president do you think they would be doing this today?" she asked?"

And yet, it was Dr. Martin Luther King who said content of character, not color of skin in HIS SPEECH.

Unfortunately, Rev. Sharpton and his supporters DIVIDE America, and MAKE it black and white...THEY make it about race.

Posted by: 1djn | August 28, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

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