CNN’s Van Jones has continued to weigh on the racism ravaging America amid the riots and protests that have gripped the country after George Floyd’s death, saying that white liberals like Amy Cooper are more worrisome than the Ku Klux Klan.
In a recent segment, Jones said that all whites have a “virus” in their minds known as racism, however “well-intentioned” they may be.
“It is not the racist white person in the Ku Klux Klan that we should be concerned about. It’s the white liberal Hillary Clinton supporter walking her dog in Central Park who would tell you now, you know, that kind of people – “Oh, I don’t see a race, race ain’t for me, I see us all as the same I give to charities. “
Jones referred to Cooper, a white woman named ‘Central Park Karen’, after making a false appeal to the New York City police and alleging that an African-American, who asked her to leash her dog, had her life threatened.
But as soon as she sees a black man she doesn’t respect or think about a bit, she armed the race as if she had been trained by the Aryan Nation.
“A Klan member could not have been better trained to pick up the phone and say to the police,” It’s a black man, an 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 in an instant,” said Jones, who is a co-founder of several nonprofit social justice organizations.
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CNN’s Van Jones has continued to weigh on the racism plaguing America amid the riots and protests that have gripped the country after George Floyd’s death, saying that white liberals like Amy Cooper are more worrisome than the Ku Klux Klan
Jones referred to a white woman named “Central Park Karen” Amy Cooper (pictured) after making a false appeal to the New York City police alleging that an African-American, who asked her to lead her dog, threatened her life
Last week, Jones said he “hasn’t seen black people so upset for 20 years.”
“If you’re white and you look at it, look into your own life,” said Jones. “How do you choke black dignity? Choking black chances? Choking black people to ask for a chance to thrive? ‘
“Because it’s not just that agent. This is a much deeper problem. How are we all complicit in this? And how do we make all this happen? ‘ he said.
“I don’t have an answer for that,” Jones continued. “I haven’t seen black people so upset in 20 years, maybe longer.”
Jones’s comments come almost a week after 46-year-old Floyd died after the bystander showed on video that police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for at least seven minutes, while Floyd was handcuffed during a fake arrest.
On Friday afternoon, Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter after being fired by Minneapolis police.
Last week, Jones said he “hasn’t seen black people so upset for 20 years.” Protesters gather after setting fire to a police station entrance during protests over the death of George Floyd
Thousands (pictured on Friday in Minneapolis) protest since the gruesome footage of Floyd’s arrest and death in Minneapolis, Minnesota made the news last week
Three other officers – Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng – have been fired for Floyd’s fatal arrest, but are not yet charged.
Protests over Floyd’s death have spread all over the country and have turned to violence in Minneapolis, where a police station was overrun and burned down on Thursday night.
It follows high-profile protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore in 2015, following the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, respectively.
“We thought we had an answer, it’s called body cams – that we just put body cams on all these agents and you can see what they were doing,” said Jones.
“They would be stopped or the public would be so indignant.”
A National Guardsman is spotted in Minneapolis on Friday morning in the aftermath of fires
State police officers form a lineup around the burned third district on Friday morning
“These guys knew they had body cams. There were people standing there with the mobile phones. Eighteen complaints should lead to a separate assessment, ”he continued.
“You build up to that level of contempt. You are building to that level of dehumanization and desensitization and you are now witnessing the outcome, ”Jones said.
Other commentators also weighed in when the nation was grabbed by footage of the third burning police district in Minneapolis, which was abandoned by police when protesters advanced.
Reverend Al Sharpton said on MSNBC on Friday morning, “The pain is the real problem I think we see there.”
“Feeling like you trust the police and they were the ones who killed your son, your brother. Where do you go when you feel the police and the robbers are against you? he continued.
“That is the pain we have been trying to expose for a long time and we see it explode with this violence,” said Sharpton.
“Let’s remember the violence started when that man put his knee on George Floyd’s throat and killed him.”