On his FNC show yesterday, Glenn Beck made the claim that Obama’s goal is to create a new America to settle old racial scores. Beck focused on the Office of Minority Health. He said, “Let’s say minorities eat more Doritos, so it there’s more heart disease. Wouldn’t this lead to more lawsuits and litigation against Doritos?” Beck is worried about Doritos instead of healthcare, enough said.
Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:
Beck said, “Here is what I was worried about, because the Office of Minority Health, I guess you could say, and I don’t know the stats, but let’s just say that minorities eat more Doritos, so there’s more heart disease well wouldn’t towards lead to more lawsuits and litigation towards Doritos? Doesn’t this lead to all sorts of things when instead what we should be saying is stop eating so many Doritos.” He considers the Office of Minority Heath affirmative action, “We can eat Doritos, be White, Asian, Black, doesn’t matter, but we’re not studying that, we’re just studying the minority health.”
I’ll bet Glenn didn’t know that the Office of Minority Health was established in 1986, by the Department of Health and Human Services by that liberal affirmative action champion President Ronald Reagan. In fact, according to their website, they, “advise the Secretary and the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) on public health program activities affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.”
This may come as a shock to Beck, but some of their more devious campaigns have included, encouraging minority fatherhood, HIV/AIDS education, pre-natal education, in an attempt to decrease African-American infant mortality. They don’t seem to be doing much original data collections as most of their statistics come from HHS and the Census.
If the name of Beck’s guest sounds familiar, it should. Before Linda Chavez was a failed Secretary of Labor nominee under George W. Bush, she was the staff director for the US Commission on Civil Rights under Ronald Reagan, and the Chairman of the National Commission on Migrant Education under President George H.W. Bush. I have a hunch that she knows what the Office of Minority Health really does, but Republicans see good politics in paranoia.
It is interesting that Beck’s priority is protecting Frito-Lay, which is a division of Pepsi from lawsuits. This whole segment was pure Glenn Beck fantasy. As far as I can see, the Office of Minority Health has no official position on Doritos, but my guess is that they probably think that they are pretty tasty when eaten in moderation along with a healthy diet and exercise.