Michael Gaynor
Odd fellows: Glenn Beck, Marcel Reid, and Ron Karenga
By Michael Gaynor
February 8, 2010

Did Ms. Reid mesmerize the Beckster? Is Beck educable, or doomed to remain a Reid dupe?

Why has Glenn Beck enthusiastically promoted Marcel Reid and her ACORN 8 band and repeatedly called her his "Rosa Parks" while (rightly) exposing President Obama as radical and calling out self-identified "communist" Van Jones?

The answer appears to be either that Beck is woefully ignorant, or shamelessly inconsistent, or hopelessly hypocritical.

Excerpt from Ms. Reid's biography for the 2009 National Whistleblower Assembly held March 8-11 in Washington, D.C.(http://makeitsafecampaign.org/news/?page_id=969):

"Community Activist, Organizer and Leader (Mortgage Fraud Workshop)

"Marcel Reid began her involvement in grassroots and community organizations at a very young age. At age 16 she was elected President of the Youth Advisory Committee for Compton, California. She studied under Ron Karenga (founder of Kwanzaa) at California State University, Long Beach State where she acquired her B. S. degree in Sociology."

The same biography can also be found at http://www.njcdlp.org/files/MReid.bio.pdf (Ms. Reid also spoke at a No FEAR Citizens Tribunal at Capitol Hill on May 15, 2007) and appears to have been provided by Ms. Reid (who was included in the other speakers category for the conference). The only difference is that this sentence is not in the 2007 version (since it involves subsequent events): "True to her convictions for democracy and representation in grassroots advocacy, Marcel is also a leader in the ACORN 8 the people's movement to reform ACORN."

You be the judge whether Ms. Reid seems proud of her relationship to Karenga.

Being a Karenga protege is not a worthy accomplishment, but it IS an amazing accomplishment to be a Karenga protege AND Beck's "Rosa Parks."

On December 27, 2006, astute, acerbic Ann Coulter's "Kwanzaa: Holiday from the FBI" appeared. It focused on Ron Karenga, under whom Ms. Reid reported that she had studied.

It's hard to believe that Beck knew about that.

Karenga is not the kind of fellow Beck admires.


"Ron Karenga (born Ronald McKinley Everett on July 14, 1941, and also known as Ron Everett and as Maulana Karenga) is an African American author, political activist, and college professor best known as the creator of Kwanzaa. Karenga was active in the Black Power movement in the 1960s and 1970s and founded the black nationalist group US Organization which remains active to this day promoting Karenga's philosophy of Kawaida."

It's worse.

"Karenga founded the Organization Us, a Cultural Black Nationalist group, in 1965. He is also known for having co-hosted, in 1984, a conference that gave rise to the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations, and in 1995, he sat on the organizing committee and authored the mission statement of the Million Man March."

"In 1971, Karenga, Louis Smith, and Luz Maria Tamayo were convicted of felony assault and false imprisonment for assaulting and torturing over a two day period two women from the US Organization, Deborah Jones and Gail Davis. An article in the Los Angeles Times described the testimony of one of the women: 'Deborah Jones, who once was given the title of an African queen, said she and Gail Davis were whipped with an electrical cord and beaten with a karate baton after being ordered to remove their clothes. She testified that a hot soldering iron was placed in Miss Davis' mouth and placed against Miss Davis' face and that one of her own big toes was tightened in a vise. Karenga, head of US, also put detergent and running hoses in their mouths, she said'."

Compared to Karenga, Beck target Van Jones seems nice.

Ms. Coulter exquisitely exposed both Karenga and Kwanzaa:

Kwanzaa is a "phony non-Christian holiday invented a few decades ago by an FBI stooge. Kwanzaa is a holiday for white liberals, not blacks.

"It is a fact that Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by a black radical FBI pawn, Ron Karenga, aka Dr. Maulana Karenga. Karenga was a founder of United Slaves, a violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers and a dupe of the FBI.

"In what was probably a foolish gamble, during the madness of the '60s the FBI encouraged the most extreme black nationalist organizations in order to discredit and split the left. The more preposterous the organization, the better. Karenga's United Slaves was perfect. In the annals of the American '60s, Karenga was the Father Gapon, stooge of the czarist police.

"Despite modern perceptions that blend all the black activists of the '60s, the Black Panthers did not hate whites. They did not seek armed revolution. Those were the precepts of Karenga's United Slaves. United Slaves were proto-fascists, walking around in dashikis, gunning down Black Panthers and adopting invented 'African' names. (That was a big help to the black community: How many boys named 'Jamal' currently sit on death row?)

"Whether Karenga was a willing dupe, or just a dupe, remains unclear. Curiously, in a 1995 interview with Ethnic NewsWatch, Karenga matter-of-factly explained that the forces out to get O.J. Simpson for the 'framed' murder of two whites included 'the FBI, the CIA, the State Department, Interpol, the Chicago Police Department' and so on. Karenga should know about FBI infiltration. (He further noted that the evidence against O.J. 'was not strong enough to prohibit or eliminate unreasonable doubt' — an interesting standard of proof.)

"In the category of the-gentleman-doth-protest-too-much, back in the '70s, Karenga was quick to criticize rumors that black radicals were government-supported. When Nigerian newspapers claimed that some American black radicals were CIA operatives, Karenga publicly denounced the idea, saying, 'Africans must stop generalizing about the loyalties and motives of Afro-Americans, including the widespread suspicion of black Americans being CIA agents.'

"Now we know that the FBI fueled the bloody rivalry between the Panthers and United Slaves. In one barbarous outburst, Karenga's United Slaves shot to death Black Panthers Al 'Bunchy' Carter and Deputy Minister John Huggins on the UCLA campus. Karenga himself served time, a useful stepping-stone for his current position as a black studies professor at California State University at Long Beach.

"Kwanzaa itself is a lunatic blend of schmaltzy '60s rhetoric, black racism and Marxism. Indeed, the seven 'principles' of Kwanzaa praise collectivism in every possible arena of life — economics, work, personality, even litter removal....

"When Karenga was asked to distinguish Kawaida, the philosophy underlying Kwanzaa, from 'classical Marxism,' he essentially explained that under Kawaida, we also hate whites. While taking the 'best of early Chinese and Cuban socialism' — which one assumes would exclude the forced abortions, imprisonment for homosexuals and forced labor — Kawaida practitioners believe one's racial identity 'determines life conditions, life chances and self-understanding.' There's an inclusive philosophy for you."

"Coincidentally, the seven principles of Kwanzaa are the very same seven principles of the Symbionese Liberation Army, another charming invention of the Least-Great Generation. In 1974, Patricia Hearst, kidnap victim-cum-SLA revolutionary, posed next to the banner of her alleged captors, a seven-headed cobra. Each snake head stood for one of the SLA's revolutionary principles: Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba and Imani — the same seven 'principles' of Kwanzaa."

"Kwanzaa was the result of a '60s psychosis grafted onto the black community. Liberals have become so mesmerized by multicultural nonsense that they have forgotten the real history of Kwanzaa and Karenga's United Slaves — the violence, the Marxism, the insanity. Most absurdly, for leftists anyway, is that they have forgotten the FBI's tacit encouragement of this murderous black nationalist cult founded by the father of Kwanzaa."

Did Ms. Reid mesmerize the Beckster? Is Beck educable, or doomed to remain a Reid dupe?

By the time Beck delivers the keynote address at CPAC 2010 later this month (February 20), we should know.

© Michael Gaynor


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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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