Yesterday, civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery delivered the benediction at President Obama's inauguration. At the end of the prayer, Lowery offered a light-hearted approach to a hopeful future absent of racial bigotry:
LOWRY: Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right.
Right-wing talker Glenn Beck found Lowery's blessing way too much to handle, however. On his new Fox News show yesterday, Beck compared Lowery to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, accused him of calling all of America "racist," and asked, "Can you imagine anyone else saying something like that!?" Seeming to take personal offense at Lowry's benediction closing, Beck made sure to inform his viewers that he doesn't "hate minorities."
He then chastised Obama, saying he "was shocked" that Obama "actually smiled when he said this and shook your head."