Van Jones Challenges Left-Wing Media Narrative, Addresses Some VERY Uncomfortable Truths

By Victor Smiroff | Sunday, 18 February 2024 11:10 PM
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In a recent episode of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," Van Jones, a former advisor to ex-President Barack Obama and a current CNN contributor, challenged the left-wing media's narrative on the issue of gun violence among young black males in America.

Maher initiated the conversation by presenting a series of alarming statistics. He stated, "We do know that, for young black men, gun homicides are the leading cause of death. And ... that leading cause outstrips the next 15 causes combined. That’s how bad it is. Also, black men ages 18 to 25 die from gun homicides at a rate nearly 19 times that of white young men the same age. And they’re not being killed by white supremacists, they’re being killed by each other, that is the truth."

Jones concurred with Maher's assessment, criticizing the media for perpetuating a false narrative. He said, "Absolutely. I’m really glad that you raised it because I think there is this myth that the black community only cares about a black kid getting killed if a white cop does it or a white supremacist does it, and it’s just not true. The media only cares. But there are candlelight vigils every weekend, there are teddy bears, there are balloons, there are crying mothers, there are marches."

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Jones further accused the media, including figures like MSNBC's Joy Reid and ABC's "The View" co-host Sunny Hostin, of stoking racial division by linking black-on-black crime to "racism," "white supremacy," or even Donald Trump.

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When Maher questioned why black leaders were not addressing the issue of black-on-black homicide, Jones responded, "It happens every Sunday in every black church. It happens every Saturday in every basketball program. … [W]hen you have people like pastor Carl Day ... and others, they leave the church and they go out there and they get no credit, they get no support. I agree with you; the amount of self-inflicted harm, there’s a suicide crisis among young white kids and a homicide crisis among young black kids, and we’re not doing enough about either one, and we should be doing a lot more."

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Jones' comments have been seen as a direct challenge to the left's narrative on racial issues. The Democratic Party has been accused of sowing seeds of racial division for over six decades. Despite black Americans comprising less than 14 percent of the country's population, Democratic presidential candidates rely heavily on their votes to secure election victories. The party's strategy has been to garner support from a diverse array of demographic groups. Therefore, when influential figures like Jones, a Democrat himself, challenge the party's narrative, they are often dismissed, discredited, or ignored.

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This incident underscores the importance of open dialogue and critical examination of prevailing narratives. As Jones' comments suggest, there is a need for more nuanced and honest conversations about the complex issues facing the black community in America.

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