CNN's Van Jones Says 'White, Liberal Hillary Supporters' Are More Dangerous Than KKK
CNN host makes unexpected remarks following protests
As cities across the US are engulfed by riots and protests following the death of George Floyd, CNN’s Van Jones made some unexpected remarks on the growing civil unrest.
“Even the most liberal, well-intentioned white person has a virus in his or her brain that can be activated at an instant,” Jones said.
“It’s not the racist white person who is in the Ku Klux Klan that we have to worry about," he noted.
"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," he added.
“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,” Jones said.
“A Klan 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.”
Jones was referring to Amy Cooper, who last week called police to report she was being threatened by “an African-American man.”
The video of the dispute between Cooper and a black man who was innocently bird watching in Central Park went viral.
Jones also mocked liberal white people who claim to care about racism after something bad happens, adding "white people are always innocent — and their innocence constitutes their crime.”
“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, how did 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,” Jones said.
“What you’re seeing now is a curtain falling away,” Jones said.
“Those of us who have been burdened by this every minute, every second of our entire lives are fragile right now… we are tired.”
Jones remarks come as racial protests have increasingly flared up following the killing of Floyd.
On Friday, Rapper Lil Wayne called on protesters to not make his death about race.
Reacting to Floyd's death, rap star Wayne said that folks need to be “very specific” when reacting to perceived injustices.
He warned not to blame an “entire race” or the “entire force.”
Wayne, real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., revealed that he’s unimpressed by “hashtag” and “t-shirt” activism if it doesn't actually help the person you’re claiming to get justice for.