It has been reported that Mr. Van Jones, former Obama Green Jobs Czar who was forced to resign this past September, this Friday will receive an award from the NAACP. As a reminder as to who Mr. Van Jones is, let’s look at some of his history:
- Jones was arrested following the Rodney King verdict. During his time in the slammer Van Jones 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,‘“ (2005 East Bay Express)
- Also in the East Bay Express interview, Van Jones indicated that after jail, he stayed in San Francisco and for 10 years worked with many people he met in jail and stated: “I was a communist.”
- Van Jones became associated with a group called “Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement ” (STORM), committed to Marxist and Leninist ideas.
- Van Jones became a radical environmentalist and has pointed the finger at “white polluters and the white environmentalists” for “steering poison” to minority communities.
- After the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centers, Van Jones joined the “911 truther” movement that placed blame for the 9/11 attacks on the Bush administration. (That sounds a lot like the birther movement of the Left, doesn’t it?)
Van Jones will receive an NAACP Image Award for his role in promoting environmental justice. Benjamin Jealous, the NAACP’s President, in explaining that the decision to give the award called Van Jones an “American treasure,” further indicating that Van Jones alleged mistakes don’t overshadow his work on policy. “We can never afford to forget that a defining trait of our country is our collective capacity to practice forgiveness and celebrate redemption. This is a nation built on second chances.”
While Americans should offer those who make mistakes a “second chance”, it should not be forthcoming until the mistakes are acknowledged by the perpetrators. The NAACP offering awards to bigots like Van Jones helps explain why their influence has waned so much in the past 40 years. What a said state for an organization with so much history.