Our continuing look into the public school system and what is being taught to our children generates another surprise today. Kids in New York are being taught to be like Van Jones!
Today, we learned on the Glenn Beck radio program (video clip at the end) that the public schools in New York state have a special program in their curriculum on Police Brutality that prominently features Van Jones, a former White House Green Jobs Czar who stepped down from that plum position after his deep roots in many radical organizations were exposed on both Beck's TV and radio programs. Here are some of the classic clips featuring Van Jones' own words:
Mr. Jones looks very non-threatening in this photo featured on the page highlighting the Police Brutality class. (Photo from 2000 © Eddie Adams)
The former Green Jobs Czar is fond of saying that he doesn't mind dropping the radical pose in order to achieve the radical agenda. He has not only changed his "pose" but apparently suffers from selective memory when referencing his own history. Van Jones' bio has much of his recent history while seeming to forget his roots in some very radical movements. Conspicuously absent was any mention of his ties to something called S.T.O.R.M. After he graduated from law school, Mr. Jones joined STORM, (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement). This Socialist-based organization claims to have given birth to the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, something that Van Jones actually does claim on his resume.
So what exactly is he teaching to NY's school kids? This is a two-hour program for high schoolers that is distributed to the schools through the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The DC-based non profit preaches "Speaking truth to power." At the very top of the list of things to be discussed is something found in other RFK Center programs, "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights." If that declaration does not sound familiar to you, you are not alone. The UDHR is credited to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and was adopted by the United Nations in 1948. From the website of Ms. Roosevelt's biography:
The Universal Declaration is the primary international articulation of the fundamental and inalienable rights of all members of the human family. It represents the first comprehensive agreement among nations as to the specific rights and freedoms of all human beings. The Declaration has become a cornerstone of customary international law, binding all governments to its principles.
While the course summary from Mr. Jones only mentions a few articles from this document, the massive declaration actually contains some 30 Articles and when you drill down into the entire declaration, it is easy to understand why they might be omitted from any publication or promotion. Like Article 25, which states:
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
Hmm, Article 25 appears to be guaranteeing everyone the same standard of living, including food, clothing, and housing. This sounds a little like Socialism to me.
And so we have an avowed Communist who also was a 9/11 Truther for a while. A man who plays the race card while advocating for environmental justice - remember when he said this?
"White polluters and white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of color communities."
Jones was part of a program out west called CopWatch which begat the Ella Baker Center, and that group has been credited with starting the Bay Area Police Watch.
The idea of educating our children to be aware of the potential for police brutality is a terrific one. It merely seems that we might be able to find a better instructor than one with deep roots in radical movements that profess loyalty to the Mao and the Communist way of living and has talked about his dream of "complete revolution." In his own words:
Tonight Glenn talked about Van Jones and the Fraternal Order of Police on his Fox News Channel program:
Here is the segment from The Glenn Beck Radio program 3/3/2011: