Friday, September 04, 2009

Get to know Van Jones, with an archived 2005 article on East Bay Express

Guess who really approves of Van Jones?

While the 'Van Jones' story gets no traction on, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC...

For your convinence, pages 1 to 7 archived on
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Also consider, Fox News's compilation of Van Jones' resume.
Choice quotes:

Black Panther-esque speak:
In 1995, he started Bay Area PoliceWatch, a program that assists victims of alleged police brutality. He made his mark as an activist by brashly saying things no other civil-rights leaders would say, such as "Willie Brown's Police Commission is killing black people."

Whitey giving cancer to Oakland blacks:
"Our question is, will the green wave lift all boats? That's the moral challenge to the people who are the architects of this new, ecologically sound economy. Will we have eco-equity, or will we have eco-apartheid? Right now we have eco-apartheid. Look at Marin; they've got solar this, and bio this, and organic the other, and fifteen minutes away by car, you're in Oakland with cancer clusters, asthma, and pollution."

Path to communism:
Jones had planned to move to Washington, DC, and had already landed a job and an apartment there. But in jail, he said, "I met all these young radical people of color -- I mean really radical, communists and anarchists. And it was, like, 'This is what I need to be a part of.'" Although he already had a plane ticket, he decided to stay in San Francisco. "I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary." In the months that followed, he let go of any lingering thoughts that he might fit in with the status quo. "I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th," he said. "By August, I was a communist."

I believe this is Glenn Beck's favorite quote, with a good reason:
First, he discarded the hostility and antagonism with which he had previously greeted the world, which he said was part of the ego-driven romance of being seen as a revolutionary. "Before, we would fight anybody, any time," he said. "No concession was good enough; we never said 'Thank you.' Now, I put the issues and constituencies first. I'll work with anybody, I'll fight anybody if it will push our issues forward. ... I'm willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends."

A big WTF quote from the article:
Although he had spent many childhood summers in "sweaty black churches," and in college had discovered the black liberation theology that reinterprets the Christ story as an anticolonial struggle, he had pulled away from spirituality during his communist days. During his 2000 crisis, he looked for answers in Buddhism, the philosophy known as deep ecology, and at open-minded institutions such as the East Bay Church of Religious Science.

Deep rooted hatred to white people, as racist as they come:
I'm confused half the time about what I'm doing, but none of the things that leftists use to discipline each other into marginality have any power over me anymore," he said. "It's like, 'Oh, you're working with white people.' Or 'Who are you accountable to?'

True goal, subvert any 'green discussion' to race and communism justice discussion:
We're still not at a place where social justice and mainstream environmental groups believe they're fighting for the same things," she said. "As far as bridging those divides, Van definitely has the skill sets and the experience and the personality to play a role in that."

Apollo groups roots in 60-s terrorist revolutionaries wasn't enough, Van Jones worked to insert black racism too:
Around that same time, the Apollo Alliance was launched in Washington, DC, with a catchy slogan: good jobs, clean energy. Modeled after President Kennedy's famous challenge to America to put a man on the Moon, the alliance is an effort to inspire the country into a frenzy of environmentally friendly inventiveness. But Jones approached the Apollo organizers because he believed that their original formulation of environmentalists plus labor unions wasn't ambitious enough. "I wanted to enrich their framework, which I thought started out with too little racial-justice understanding," he said. He was already working on the Ella Baker Center's own environmental program, but saw the Apollo Alliance as a useful partner, with a national platform. "I was met with absolutely open arms," he said.


  1. I'm not exactly sure what your point is with all the quotes and the references to black-racism, Glenn Beck, etc. Every quote you posted is inspirational and shows a truly articulate and passionate man of vision and caring of others. Are you being sarcastic? funny? What?

  2. None of the quotes in that article are direct quotes of Van Jones, for direct and racist quotes of that man, refer to a different post - with video links - talking about made up allegations against whites poisoning blacks. There are enough of those - so I won't try to extrapolate much of what I quoted here.

    I think I 'copied and pasted' a wrong paragraph in the middle of the post. But I'll let that stand, it's just a blog and I hone up to any such mistakes.

    The referenced article portrays Van Jones as a radical who was arrested at race riots. Who worked at a center trying to excuse every cop murder, and whose bosses are proud of him subverting the green movement to 'racial justice' cause - which is a very loaded term.

    On any case - the Van Jones issue has been a distraction for me and too off topic, I will not post about him again.

    I believe in racial equality, I believe in Justice. I'm sorry if you can't see Van Jones for what he is, but please do not deduct the wrong conclusions from this post regarding who I am or what I stand for.

    I hope for a day where race riots, and a bigot like Van Jones would not be excused. I disapprove of racists of all creeds.

    I'm not sarcastic, and this is no attempt to be funny. If you are inspired by Van Jones, I can only hope you are inspired to do good for man kind - not to abuse people's concern for environment to 'redistribution of wealth according to race and historical grievances'. This is again not a direct quote - but the underlying agenda of Jones as was described in this article.

    I hope this answered your question. I hope you yourself condemn racism, and simply cannot see it in Jones in the case described in this article. There are better sources to illustrate that. Hating white people is not 'being proud'. I don't hate you for your color, religious or anything. (unless you chose to hate and persecute me as a single or any particular 'grouping' - in which case, go on reading this blog; My only enemies are racists and haters)