Open Thread: Education Secretary Duncan to Join Sharpton's Counter-Beck Rally

The Daily Caller reported yesterday that Arne Duncan, Obama's Secretary of Education, will speak at Al Sharpton's August 28 rally in Washington D.C., seen by some as a counter-protest to Glenn Beck's march on the same day.

The U.S. Department of Education's spokesperson hung up on The Daily Caller Wednesday when seeking clarification regarding the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's planned speech at an Aug. 28 protest march that the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN) are holding to counter Fox News commentator Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally...

Hamilton hung up the phone on TheDC when contacted for further comment, refusing to answer actual questions, including whether Duncan believes the Tea Party is racist or if he believes Beck is trying to "hijack" the American dream, or comment any further on Duncan's planned participation in the rally...

Sharpton was quoted in a blackvoicenews.com story asking black people nationwide to attend his rally, which, by extension, he says casts doubt on Beck's message. 

Duncan's presence there will certainly aid in that effort. Sharpton claims education is this century's civil rights issue. Does that fact alone explain Duncan's presence? 
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