Glenn Beck: Book That Says White Owners Suffered More Under Slavery Than Black Slaves Is Great For Kids (VIDEO)

glenn-beck-2An Arizona charter school is currently under fire for teaching students that slavery benefited black people and that whites were jealous of the “freedom” slaves had. But Glenn Beck is defending the racist book that Heritage Academy requires their 12th grade students to read.

On Tuesday during his radio program, Beck became defensive of the criticism leveled at the school by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Beck especially jumped at the opportunity to defend his hero Cleon Skousen’s book “The 5000 Year Leap,” which paints a whitewashed version of slavery and the American Civil War.

The book claims that abolitionists lied about the mistreatment of slaves by slave masters and that whites were the “worst victims” of slavery. It also says white people envied black people for having so much freedom while being in chains. One essay included in the book states,

“If [black children] ran naked it was generally from choice, and when the white boys had to put on shoes and go away to school they were likely to envy the freedom of their colored playmates.”

Beck not only doesn’t find anything wrong with this racist revisionist history, he wants parents to read the book to their children over and over again so they can “actually learn American history.”

“That book is absolutely right. That book, The 5000 Year Leap, changed my understanding of the United States government and our founders. It is the clearest, simplest, most direct way to teach what happened and why we were founded the way we were… Teach it to your children. Read it to them at night. Bring it to the dinner table. It will be the only chance they have to actually learn American history.”

Here’s the video via Raw Story.

Beck has once again joined a chorus of Republican voices that have repeated this same bullsh*t on multiple occasions.

In a disturbing post on Facebook earlier this year, an Arizona Republican said that slavery was good for black people because slave owners “took care of their livestock.” Two years earlier, an Arkansas Republican called slavery a “blessing in disguise.” CPAC defended slavery just last year. In the same year, a Nevada Republican said he would vote to bring slavery back if his constituents wanted him to do so.

Racism is still alive and well in America and it’s the very conservatives who claim the opposite who are proving it. Republicans are on a crusade to convince Americans that slavery was a picnic for black people, while whites are the true victims. And they’re targeting children with this hogwash in an effort to indoctrinate them into accepting the extreme conservatism of the white male dominated GOP.