Did you enjoy Glenn Beck’s moment of temporary humanity? Because the old Glenn Beck is back, and shilling for The 5,000 Year Leap, a pro-slavery book targeted by the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State in Arizona.
The book, authored by anti-communist Cleon Skousen, is being used by the Heritage Academy in Arizona as a 12th grade history textbook. The book doesn’t only promote Christian nation propaganda, it also pushes the idea that slavery was beneficial to African-Americans.
Beck, however, didn’t see anything wrong with the book, and he said he was “doubling down” on his support for it on Tuesday. His co-host Steve Burguiere remarked that the critics had never “produced one sentence from that book that was controversial,” prompting Beck to agree with him:
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.
Beck then encouraged his listeners to buy the book, even if they already owned a copy, telling them to: “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.”
Americans don’t believe enough stupid stuff as it is; here, let’s help that problem along.
The book, for the record, tells the “story of slavery” by quoting “historian” Fred Albert Shannon at length; on particular quotation talks of white boys who envy the freedom of black slave children, and described newly sold slaves as “a cheerful lot.” It also said that abolitionists spread false rumors about the mistreatment of black slaves, and states that “slave owners were the worst victims of the system.”
You can watch the clip below: