So it seems Fox News guy Glenn Beck had himself a little rally on the Mall yesterday, and of course it was covered fairly and accurately by the mainstream media. A few thoughts in no particular order.
1. I'm not a fan of Glenn Beck, but I sorta like what he's doing. He's getting folks interested, involved, thinking, talking, writing, reading. I happened across his radio show for the first time the other day--and lo and behold--to confirm the cartoons I've seen of him--he was sniffling and crying over something (not my cup of tea). But he is getting people movitvated.
2. This little article in the Washington Post was of interest to me. In the very first sentence, the crowd on the Mall was referred to as a "sea of activists". If anything, the interesting thing about the Tea Party, Glenn Beck's crowd, etc, is that they ARE NOT activists--unless all of a sudden deciding that you don't like the direction in which the country is headed and you decide to attend a rally now counts as making you an activist.
3. But of course, the racial makeup of the crowd on the Mall was of great interest to the Post. Referred to as "overwhelmingly white", this depiction stood in contrast to the counter-protest of one Reverend Al Sharpton, which was referred to as "mostly black". Here is a slideshow of photos from Sharpton's rally. The difference between "overwhelmingly" and "mostly" seems somewhat blurry, no? And just what the hell is Sharpton wearing? So the crowd was well-behaved, patriotic, friendly, upbeat, and supportive--but guilty of the great crime of being white.
4. Some of my liberal Facebook friends were absolutely getting the vapors over the Beck Rally, the common theme of which seemed to be that the choice of an anniversary of MLK's speech there was of course, symbolic of the right's desire to reinstate slavery, or at least Jim Crow. Liberals are fascinating.