CNN’s Van Jones said Friday after days of explosive rioting across the country that it’s not the KKK white supremacist that the nation ought to be concerned about, but it’s the “white liberal Hillary Clinton supporter.”
“It’s not the racist white person who is in the Ku Klux Klan that we have to worry about,” Jones said.
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 had 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.
CNN’s Van Jones on threats to blacks: “It is not the racist white person who is in the KKK that we have to worry about. It is the white liberal Hillary Clinton supporter walking her dog in Central Park … she weaponized race like she had been trained by the Aryan nation” pic.twitter.com/g1gp3k7aFt
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 29, 2020
Jones was alluding to a recent viral video that emerged this week featuring a middle-aged white woman named Amy Cooper calling the police on an “African-American man” when she was approached about letting her dog go unleashed where prohibited in Central Park.
Christian Cooper, an avid birder with no relation, was the central target of Amy’s racial wrath and caught the incident on tape which has racked up more than 40 million views on Twitter alone. Amy as a result, has been beseiged by an online frenzy of social media fire, ultimately losing her job and even her dog in the process.
Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton.
— Franklin Templeton (@FTI_US) May 26, 2020
The ruthless backlash prompted Christian to call into question the efficacy of the response to the viral episode.
“It’s a little bit of a frenzy, and I am uncomfortable with that,” Christian told the New York Times. “If our goal is to change the underlying factors, I am not sure that this young woman having her life completely torn apart serves that goal.”
Amy has since apologized for her comments, saying in a statement Tuesday she “reacted emotionally and made false assumptions about his intentions.”
“I am well aware of the pain that misassumptions and insensitive statements about race cause and would never have imagined that I would be involved in the type of incident that occurred with Chris.”