It seems Glenn Beck can't stay away from controversy. He is in the middle of it yet again, with his endorsement of a 65-year-old book that many say spews racist and anti-semitic venom.
"The Red Network: A 'Who's Who' and Handbook of Radicalism for Patriots" was written in 1936 by a woman named Elizabeth Dilling, who was well known for her anti-communist writings. But she was also a Nazi sympathizer and no friend to the Jews -- or blacks for that matter.
Here is a passage from her book where she writes about black people in America:
The colored people are a sincerely religious race. As long as they stayed in Africa un-Christianized, they remained, as did pagan white men, savages. Their pagan brothers in Africa today are savages, while in a comparatively few years, under the opportunities of the American government and the inspiration of Christianity, the American Negroes have acquired professions, property, banks, homes, and produced a rising class of refined, home loving people. This is far more remarkable than that many Negroes are still backward. The Reds play upon the Negroes' love of their own people and represent them as persecuted in order to inflame them against the very white people who have in reality given the colored race far greater opportunities than their fellow negroes would give them in Africa today. [Pages 35-36]
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Here, Dilling chats about the Jewish role in Communism in her beloved Nazi Germany:
National movement for boycotting Germany, supposedly because of its anti-Jewish activities, organized by Samuel Untermyer of N.Y. City. No one who treasures American freedom wants fascism or Hitlerism for America, but it is only fair to note that Germany had 6,000,000 Communists bent on Red terrorist revolution and that Russian Jews had made themselves prominent in the Red movement, and that Naziism has directed its attacks more against conspiring, revolutionary Communist Jews, than against nationalist German Jews who aided Germany during the war; if it has discriminated against the innocent also, it has been with no such ferocity and loss of life as the planned and imminent Communist revolution would have wreaked upon the German population, had it been successful as in Russia. Those making altruistic appeals for human rights for Jews in Germany, should at the same time raise their voices urging boycott of atheist Russia in behalf of its persecuted Christians and millions of "liquidated" starved Ukrainians, in order to escape the suspicion that they are protesting for Communist rather than "human" rights. [Page 138]
Now here is Beck, on his radio show on June 4th, heaping praise on this book:
This is a book, The Red Network. This came in from 1936. People -- McCarthy was absolutely right. Now he may not -- he may have used bad tactics or whatever, but he was absolutely right. This is a book -- and I'm a getting a ton of these -- from people who were doing what we're doing now. We now are documenting who all of these people are. Well, there were Americans in the first 50 years of this nation that took this seriously, and they documented it. And this is from 1936, and in it, it talks about -- it's the who's who and handbook for radicalism for patriots. This is "Who are the communists in America?" The overwhelming number of communists -- labor unions. The other thing that they talked about was, in this book that I was reading last night, they said, you know, there's this teachers union thing, but you really want to know who the real radical communists are? The NEA. That's 1936. And they're talking about this new organization that is really nasty, that you really have to look out for. The NEA. But everything this book has talked about they have mainstreamed.
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Since Beck mentioned the book, he says he's been inundated with emails from people calling him an anti-semite and a Nazi. On his show on Monday, Beck claimed he didn't know anything about Dilling's Nazi-loving ways, just her anti-communism views, with which he says he agrees.