From the minute I made my post the other week a day after Glen Beck dubbed Van Jones a communist Black supremacist I knew it was coming. I figured it was going to be a matter of time before he either resigned or was thrown under the bus by president Obama. Looking back at the rhetoric on my post it was clear; and as I stated, this was indeed an attack on Black intelligentsia and community activism. Well, score one for the assholes of America folks because Van Jones has resigned.
White House environmental adviser Van Jones resigned Saturday after weeks of controversy stemming from his past activism.
"On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me," Jones, special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a statement announcing his resignation just after midnight Saturday. "They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide."
He continued: "I have been inundated with calls -- from across the political spectrum -- urging me to 'stay and fight.' But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future." [Source: The Washington Post]
Way to go muthafuckas; so much for the whole Green Jobs concept being trickled down to our urban communities. Yep, just a day or so after it was revealed that the current unemployment rate (9.7%) is at a 26yr high. Ya happy now bitches? While Republicans and the Glenn Beck Fool-Aid drinking crew relish in this as a victory, ultimately, it is the country who loses. Yes, America loses at the hands of dis-informed mental midgets who would love nothing better than to see the current president, and former "community organizer" fail.
Black people, it is imperative that we do a better job of defending our images and distorted perceptions in the face of the right wing sharks who do not have our best interests at heart. Van Jones will be ok; he's going to continue the good work he has always done. He will continue to champion the fight for the disenfranchised among us, the fight for saving our environment, and the fight for economic equality among ethnic groups. If these issues makes him a communist, or a Black Supremacist as he has been labeled, then I guess him and I are one in the same. On Friday Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) called on Jones to resign, saying in a statement, "His extremist views and coarse rhetoric have no place in this administration or the public debate." Really? This coming from a representative of a party who welcomes racially divisive and extremist rhetoric at town hall meetings?
My only disappointment through all of this, is that as a people (Black people) we slept on this one. We pitched a bitch about not enough key Black appointees within the current administration. But we stood bye and allowed another one of ours to be railroaded in the media. We did the same thing with the good old Rev. Jeremiah Wright as the media with it's soundbite after soundbite made him out to be a pariah. Well, are we just going to continue to allow them to do that to everything and everyone Black associated with Barack Obama? Jones was right, those of us who are not Barack Hussien Obama, are going to have to get uppity.
Well done assholes...