CNN political commentator Van Jones said he hasn’t seen “black people this upset in 20 years, maybe longer” amid nationwide protests following the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.
“If you are white and are you watching this, look in your own life,” Jones said on CNN Thursday. “How are you choking off black dignitary? Choking off black opportunity? Choking off black people from asking an opportunity to thrive? Because it’s not just that officer. This is a much deeper problem. How are all of us complicit in this? And how are all of us allowing this to happen?”
“I don’t have an answer to that,” Jones continued. “I have not seen black people this upset in 20 years, maybe longer. And I’m looking forward to hearing this press conference. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”
Jones’ comments come after Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer put his knee on Floyd’s neck while he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground. Video of the experience has generated protests nationwide since Tuesday, including incidents of looting and violence. Other than Jones, Don Lemon, Brooke Baldwin, and Sean Hannity have also been outspoken about the incident, among other cable news hosts.
In 2015, people took the streets in Ferguson, Missouri to protest police brutality. Other notable protests in recent years came in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray in 2015 and a year later in Charlotte following the death of Keith Lamont Scott.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson is heading to Minneapolis on Thursday to speak about the death of George Floyd.
The civil rights leader is slated to hold a 1 p.m. press conference with faith leaders at Missionary Baptist Church, according to his staff.
Early Thursday, Jackson spoke with Jason DeRusha on WCCO This Morning, calling Floyd’s death a “lynching in broad daylight.”