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Is Glenn Beck a Secret Hutu? Read On...

Reported by Guest Blogger - April 8, 2010 -

Guest blogged by Aunty Em

If Glenn Beck wants anything, he wants us to learn history to determine the future. On more than one occasion I have asked in my column, “What’s the end game, Glenn?” Maybe Cord Jefferson at The Awl, has the answer in this intriguing article on where vitriolic language like this has led in the past. So let’s brush up on “Glenn Beck v. Anti-Tutsi Propaganda” and see what we can learn from history.

Jefferson says:

Last week, prompted by the, oh, let's call it "strange tenor of modern American public discourse," I sought out a website that allowed me to peruse some RTLM transcripts. (RTLM, or Radio-Télévision Libre des Milles Collines, was the "news" station that broadcast anti-Tutsi propaganda during the Rwandan genocide.) I wasn't sure what I'd find, but I thought it might be interesting to read some historic vitriolic hatred while living in a time of other, newer vitriolic hatred—it was sort of like how people sip decades-old wine to help them better appreciate their veal.

After browsing around for a few minutes, I did what any thinking person would do: I went to Glenn Beck's website, where, as you might imagine, I discovered that many of Beck's declarations were jarringly, frighteningly, stupidly similar to the RTLM's.

Jefferson finds 8 examples in which the words of RTLM could have conceivably come out of Glenn Beck’s mouth and vice versa. Here are just a few:

RTLM: "When you look at them, you wonder what kind of people they are. In any case, let us simply stand firm and exterminate them…" Glenn Beck: "There's a time for everything. To every purpose, there is a season. And let me tell you, today the season is clubbing people over the head with shovels."

[…]

RTLM: From Salon: "Radio Democracy, the voice of Hutu rebel forces fighting Burundi's Tutsi-controlled national army from neighboring Zaire, routinely brands government soldiers as 'bloodthirsty vampires.'"
Glenn Beck: "I think this is a sign that the government won't think twice before they jam their fangs into your neck. … These bloodsucker vampires are not going to be satisfied with just sucking the blood out of GM's top guy, the AIG executives or any other business or businessperson. Their thirst for power and control is unquenchable. They will not stop. There's only two ways for this movie to end: Either the economy becomes like the walking dead, or you drive a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers."

[…]

RTLM: "Another thing is that so far, the RTLM radio station has told the whole truth. And what it said happened. It has been proving what it said. … It will never be discouraged. It will never stop its transmissions."
Glenn Beck: "As for Fox, they only seem biased compared to the one-sided reporting of NBC, ABC, CBS and especially MSNBC. The fact is, I don't know of ANY lies Fox News has told. Fox gives both sides of the argument of virtually every issue."

One need not go back 50 or 100 years, as Beck does in his bogus history lessons, to see how hateful eliminationist rhetoric can lead directly to violence and a massacre; one need only go back 15 years, a time still fresh in the memories of those who take the time to learn real history. In fact, the genocide in Rwanda, is more recent than the first Gulf War. While the world stood by as spectators, more than 800,000 people—Hutu and Tutsis alike—were murdered in an orgy of blood that lasted a mere 100 days, egged on by those faceless voices coming out of Rwanda’s radios.

Beck, who has both voice and face, spent the better part of the week of March 22, 2010 begging his viewers NOT to act upon the hate speech he expounds every day. One wonders if, secretly, he knows exactly where his hate speech could lead and wants to keep his DNA out of the crime scene.

With all my love,

Aunty Em