By Karen Famighetti
Picking up on a story first reported by radio host Barbara Simpson and carried on Gateway Pundit, The Blaze, and Fox Nation, Beck asked, "When somebody says, 'Please rise for the national anthem,' what song are you expecting?" He then ridiculed Christina Thomas for not singing the national anthem at a recent Reid rally.
But audio makes clear, however, that Thomas told the audience that she was not singing the national anthem as the event's emcee announced, but rather a tribal flag song. Thomas told the audience, "I sing this in honor of all our veterans" and "those who are still fighting for our freedoms overseas."
Note the false and malicious methods used by the typical teabagger. Beck claims Thomas sang what he called "her national anthem." No, she sang a song to honor military veterans, as she said explicitly. Beck claims outrage on behalf of the people at Harry Reid's rally. Since it was Reid's event, Reid's opinion was the only one that mattered. If anyone else didn't like it, they were free to go home and vote against him.
This is what Beck and his fellow teabagger conservatives mean when they want to "take back the country." Criticize people for daring to be different. Attack any divergence from the mainstream culture. Slam anyone who doesn't toe the white Christian line.
Beck didn't make his message explicit, but we can do it for him. "Thomas isn't a real American," Beck seems to be saying. "Her Native culture isn't part of America's culture. If she can't act like an American, she should go back where she came from."
Beck gets another Stereotype of the Month entry for implying that a tribal flag song is un-American. Same for the people who sing such songs.
For more on Beck's anti-Indian bias, see:
Beck: Indian mounds are Egyptian
Beck: God ordered Indians killed
Glenn Beck: racist or ignoramus?
For more on the conservative prejudice against people who aren't white Christians:
Tea Party Guide to American History
Gray vs. brown Americans
What "I want my country back" means
Culture war over who's an American
Why we believe in Columbus
Below: "I pledge allegiance to white Jesus and the country for which he stands."