Van Jones shines light on media’s selective outrage over minority deaths: ‘There are crying mothers’

The invisible elephant of inner cities had a light shone on it by Van Jones as he called out the selective outrage about “a white cop…or a white supremacist” to corporate media.

A point about the identities of the suspects believed responsible for the violence at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl rally pivoted to a broader point about black-on-black crime Friday when CNN’s Jones and commentator Ann Coulter joined HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

After Coulter voiced her suspicions about the identities of the suspects responsible for killing a mother of two and injuring more than 20 others, the host turned to some facts about gun homicides and black men.

“We do know that, for young black men, gun homicides are the leading cause of death. And…that leading cause outstrips the next 15 causes combined,” said comedian Bill Maher. “That’s how bad it is. Also, black men ages 18 to 25 die from gun homicides at a rate nearly 19 times that of white young men the same age. And they’re not being killed by white supremacists, they’re being killed by each other, that is the truth.”

“Where’s the bully pulpit on this?” he went on to ask after it was pointed out how many black people held leadership positions in federal, state and local government as well as in arts and entertainment.

“I’m really glad you raised it,” responded Jones, “because I think there is this myth that the black community only cares about a black kid getting killed if a white cop does it or a white supremacist does it, and it’s just not true. The media only cares.”

“But there are candlelight vigils every weekend, there are teddy bears, there are balloons, there are crying mothers, there are marches,” the CNN commentator contended.

Maher wondered back, “But where are the leaders saying, just, ‘Hey, it’s coming from inside the house. Cut it out, guys’?”

By Jones assessment, “It happens every Sunday in every black church. It happens every Saturday in every basketball program…when you have people like pastor Carl Day…and others, they leave the church and they go out there and they get no credit, they get no support.”

“I agree with you, the amount of self-inflicted harm, there’s a suicide crisis among young white kids and a homicide crisis among young black kids,” he added, “and we’re not doing enough about either one and we should be doing a lot more.”

Coulter would go on to get pushback for bringing up the case against absentee fathers as she had also garnered pushback for suggesting certainty that the suspects responsible for the Kansas City violence were not white men. “If it were a white male shooting, we’d know.”

The commentator supported her view by pointing to other stories seemingly suppressed because of the motive or identity of the suspect, like the tragedy at the Nashville, Tennessee Covenant School, Islamic extremists in San Bernadino, California.

“The longer they go without telling you, it’s not a white male,” she contended.

Maher, however, joked at her assertion, referring to it as a “super power.”

Meanwhile, Harvard Economics professor Roland Fryer recently spoke with journalist Bari Weiss about academia’s pushback against narrative-busting data that rivaled corporate media’s as he recounted how “all hell broke loose” for him when he went to publish his findings in 2016 that there was no “racial bias in police shooting” and cops were considerably more likely to shoot at white perpetrators than blacks or Hispanics.

Kevin Haggerty

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