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The Root Calls Glenn Beck One Of “The Blackest White Folks We Know” (UPDATE)

File under things you can’t make up. The Root, the online magazine aimed at a black audience launched by the Washington Post, posted a slideshow the other day featuring 33 of “the blackest white people we know.” Number two on the list — it’s unclear whether people have been listed in order — is none other than Glenn Beck. The caption reads thusly:

The emotional right-wing talk show was probably the last person on earth we’d put on this list until he discovered that blacks have been all but removed from the history of America’s founding, and actually gave a black history lesson on his cable TV show. Yet we suspect we’ll have to revoke it after his upcoming rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the “I Have a Dream” speech anniversary.

That black history lesson episode was a ratings hit, by the way, as was his subsequent special on the ‘Founding Mothers.’

Temporary though it may be, this new tag will no doubt be music to Beck’s ears: he’s been spending an inordinate amount of time talking about Martin Luther King, the Black Panthers, and Civil Right of late (with varying degrees of success). Also, as noted above, he’s scheduled his big rally on the anniversary of MLK’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. Also something you could not make up.

Update: Beck responds.

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