CNN's Van Jones: Even The 'Most Liberal White Person' Has A 'Virus' In Their Brain

Chris Menahan
May. 29, 2020

Even "the most liberal, well-intentioned white person" has a "virus" called "racism" in their brain, CNN commentator Van Jones said Friday.


Partial transcript:
VAN JONES: "It's not the racist white person who is in the Ku Klux Klan that we have to worry about. It's the white liberal Hillary Clinton supporter walking her dog in Central Park who would tell you right now, you know, people like that, 'I don't see race, race is no big deal to me, I see us all as the same, I give to charities,' but the minute she sees a black man who she does not respect or who she has a slight thought against, she weaponized race like she had been trained by the Aryan nation. A Klansmember could not have been better trained to pick up her phone and tell the police a black man, African-American man, come get him."

"So even the most liberal well-intentioned white person has a virus in his or her brain that can be activated at an instant. And so what you're seeing now is a curtain falling away. And those of us who have been burdened by this every minute, every second of our entire lives are fragile right now. We are fragile right now. We are tired."

"And so I appreciate people who have been reaching out, I've had people reaching out to me for two days now, expressing their empathy and sympathy. My only prayer, look in the mirror at how you choke off black opportunity. How you choke off black dignity. "

"How you behave in ways that make it harder for African-Americans to rise in your profession, in your place of work, on your campus, in your house of worship, and start working on that."

"Because this is the last domino of a whole series of dominos that have been falling for a long time. And black people have been getting gas lit every time we point this out."

"And people tell us, well, maybe it was this, and maybe it was that, are you sure it was this, are you sure it was that? You don't get to this outcome. You don't get to the point where police officers can stand around, don't tell me about the one who has the knee in his neck. Sometimes we have psychopaths and sociopaths with power. But when that happens, you call the police."

"The police were there watching it. And defending it. And now there is still no charges. That is the problem."

"That we have allowed this contempt for black life to build and to build and James Baldwin said it best, white people in these situations are always innocent, oh, my God, I can't believe this, teach me, educate me, help me understand, I can't let this happen, talk to me, tell me something, tell me what to do, white people are always innocent and their innocence constitutes their crime."

"It is too late to be innocent. It is too late. We've had too many funerals. We've had too many funerals for white people to be still this innocent and this shocked."

Powerful stuff, Mr. Jones.

UPDATE: Rioters target CNN headquarters in Atlanta:

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