Van Jones: Not the KKK We Have to Worry About; ‘It's the White, Liberal Hillary Clinton Supporter'

By Susan Jones | May 29, 2020 | 8:42am EDT
Bystander video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd as he warns he cannot breathe. (Screen capture from video)
Bystander video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd as he warns he cannot breathe. (Screen capture from video)

( - CNN political commentator Van Jones said on what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis "was a lynching."

"You know, we've seen a curtain pulled back," Jones told CNN's "New Day."

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 – oh, 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 Klans member could not have been better trained to pick up the ...  phone and tell the police it's 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.

Jones said the hardest thing for his white friends to understand, well-intentioned as they are, is that this happens every day: "Black people being choked off from dignity, from opportunity, from humanity, from understanding, from empathy," he said:

It happens in doctor's offices, where people walk in with the same symptoms, and white people get great treatment, and black people get told that it's all in their heads -- that's documented.

So as painful as this is, what we saw was a lynching. That's what a lynching is. We saw a white man deprive a black man of his life in public, with the entire community staring -- horror-struck. Now the world witnessed a lynching. But there have been lynchings happening in America for hundreds of years. This is what we have lived with.

When you see the police arrest our (CNN) colleagues in broad daylight -- well, not daylight, but right there where they weren't doing anything wrong -- that happens every day in America, to black people all the time. The arbitrary and capricious abuse of authority.

Now, because it was on television, it was handled quickly. But that is -- there's another reality here, which you're starting to see. You thought maybe the world worked one way because police are nice to you, because these things don't happen to people that you know, but the whole time there is a whole other America

And the reason that you see people now doing the things they're doing -- now, we have no idea who set those fires. It could have been provocateurs, it could be anybody. But the reason you see people willing to risk their lives in the middle of a plague and pandemic and to go out and literally risk their lives to protest, is because people are now fed up.

People are telling me they're tired of hashtags, they're tired of Van Jones saying we can have a bipartisan solution. They're tired of people like me, they're tired of people saying over and over again that, you know, we're just basically one bill away, or just one election away from some progress.

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