Over the weekend, everyone's favorite green mob boss Van Jones told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that as a black parent, he's not sure he can trust the police to protect his children following the death of Trayvon Martin. Jones' comments continue the left's crusade to exploit the death of Martin to prop up their own political agenda. Stephanopoulos failed to challenge Jones on his wild assertions -- shocking, I know.
“I think I’m going to have to go broke dressing [my sons] in tuxedos every day so they can walk down the streets to buy a Snickers bar or Skittles,” Jones said today during the “This Week” roundtable discussion.
The story of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, hoodie-wearing black teenager who was shot dead in Florida by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, has erupted across the country, sparking protests, walkouts and calls for Zimmerman to be tried for murder.
Jones, a father of two boys, said the case makes him fear for the safety of his own family.
“As a black parent, I don’t know how to protect my sons,” the former White House environmental policy adviser said. “When you are a victim of a crime, if something happens to your child, the only upside is that the police are going to be on your side. If your child dies at the hands of somebody who’s armed — until now, here I am as a black parent … I don’t know if the cops are on my side.”
Jones' comments are outrageous. As I've pointed out here before, cross-racial violent crimes are exceedingly rare. In truth, Jones should be significantly more concerned about his black sons walking around a predominantly black neighborhood. But instead, Jones vilifies the police, painting them all as racists.
And now, to apparently protect black teenagers from gun-wielding "white Hispanics," House Democrats want to crack down on state gun laws and "racial disparities" across the country. The case is being made -- not surprisingly -- by Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus who claim that if their new rules had been implemented before, Trayvon Martin would be alive today.
On Friday, these Dems introduced a resolution urging the repeal of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law:
The resolution – sponsored by CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Florida Democratic Reps. Corrine Brown, Alcee Hastings and Frederica Wilson, all members of the CBC – refers to Martin's killing as a "crime," condemns "the inconceivable fact that his killer remains free" and claims "racial bias led to the use of deadly force."
The non-binding resolution also "condemns unfounded reliance on Stand Your Ground laws to protect actions that extend far beyond historical use of self-defense … [and] urges any State legislature considering Stand Your Ground legislation to reject such proposals."
And there's more legislation to come:
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), another CBC member, is crafting a proposal requiring members of neighborhood watch groups to be registered before taking to the streets under a watchman's badge.
And Wilson, who represents the district where Martin lived, is working on legislation to create a national commission "to study race-based injustices, health disparities and economic disparities affecting African American men and boys," in the words of the congresswoman.
The commission would be charged with examining racial disparities on topics ranging from crime and incarcerations to education and healthcare, and making policy recommendations to Congress on how to fix any imbalances it finds.
"I am tired of burying young black boys," Wilson said Tuesday during a Capitol Hill forum on hate crimes and racial profiling. "I have buried too many, cried too many tears, attended too many funerals and it is unnecessary."
Indeed it is unnecessary, but vilifying police officers and neighborhood watch captains won't do anything to protect the black community from itself.