I am not a fan of Van Jones. I consider him a race baiter and the like.
Van Jones on March 31, 2012, at the “All In For The 99%” rally in Los Angeles, California, “They’ve (libertarians) taken their despicable ideology and used it a wrecking ball, that they have painted red, white, and blue, to smash down every good thing in America… They say they’re patriots, but they hate everybody in America who looks like us. They say they love America but they hate the people, the brown folk, the gays, the lesbians, the people with piercings.”
He is just so painfully wrong on so many issues, like his idea of the economic injustice of plastic. Really Van? But he does make some good points in the featured interview. Although he “whitewashes” some of his former incendiary comments, this is the only time that I’ve heard him make sense. I applaud him for daring to go to Middle America and talking to the forgotten folks.
Regarding his assessment of Republicans and Democrats, I think he under-emphasizes the elitist attitude of Democrats. And when he describes the Republican Party he states there is a LOT of racial resentment, and neo-Nazis have set up camp in the party and when you point it out they (Republicans) get mad at you.
Now here is where I’d like to challenge some of those comments, as well as validate some of his talking points. Challenges first. I think what Van is calling racial resentment is in reality a frustration about the fact that the nation has and is being invaded.
Yes, the great influx of illegal immigrants into our country is an invasion (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/invade?s=t) that is draining our resources and negatively impacting our way of life. https://www.numbersusa.com/problems (I will write a separate article about this hot topic at a later time.)
Another source of resentment is the fact that conservatives are indicted as racist if they disagree with the current administration. And then there is the word racist. Please, for the sake of all, STOP MISUSING THE WORD RACIST! We have gotten to the point where it has no meaning except to divide and is used as a means to silence an opposing viewpoint. Liberals need to stop resorting to pronouncing racism as the motivation by those who don’t agree with their ideology. By wrongly assigning racism to just about every differing opinion we devalue what it truly is. Oh yeah, and the idea that minorities can’t be racist also foments resentment among conservatives. From the progressive liberal perspective, blacks criminalizing whites for being white and conservative is somehow justified.
Now here is where I think Van’s comments have some merit. Republicans who hold to party principles should never tolerate comments from people who speak in a way that is denigrating to those of other races. We need to stand up and tell them that conversation isn’t welcome because those aren’t our values. After all, we are the party of the Civil Rights movement. When it comes to denigrating comments about minorities, liberals need to demand that their party do the same. Enough of calling black conservatives like Condi Rice a house nigger and depicting her in rags and a head scarf sitting in a chair with a watermelon and a big grin. Enough of calling prominent black conservatives such as Justice Clarence Thomas uncle Tom, uncle Ruckus, etc. White and black liberals are equally guilty of this disparaging discourse.
Now, some words of admonition to my fellow conservatives: just because the word racism is often exploited doesn’t mean there is never any evidence of it. Not every death of a black person by a police officer is justified. Stop leaping to conclusions and take a really good look at those videos. Resisting arrest is wrong but when a police officer wrongly shoots and kills, and in some cases I’d use the word executes, saying things like “Well, he did have a record, or he was a low-life who eschewed his child support obligations” is beyond insensitive. Standing up for the police is a favorable attribute but not when they are in the wrong. And they ARE in the wrong on occasion.
And to black liberals like Black Lives Matter and other rogue mobs, I’m begging you to stop perpetuating negative stereotypes like being violent, burning down cities and looting when “protesting.” It makes your movement illegitimate, as does the fact that you don’t address many of the more common problems in black communities. Forming a wall of bodies across an interstate accomplishes nothing positive. Bullying is a bad tactic when you want others to buy in to your cause.
Well I think I’ve said enough for now. Thanks to Van for showing a glimpse of reason. There may be hope for him after all. But I wouldn’t bet anything valuable on it.