This week’s Sunday Smack covers the Chicago People’s Summit this past Saturday, where CNN commentator Van Jones had strong words for the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic Party’s inability to connect with people of color and white working class voters. Quote and video are below.
Number one, we’ve been tricked into fighting among ourselves over the wrong issue. They’ve been keeping this thing going Among us on the left: should we focus on people of color, should we focus on racial justice, should we focus on African Americans and Latinos and the rising majority, or should we instead focus on the white working class. Should we focus on those industrial workers who’ve been left behind.
This is the stupidest false choice that I have ever heard … First of all, I don’t mean to be rude, and I don’t mean to offend anybody, but the people who ran the Hillary Clinton campaign did not spend their money on white workers, and they did not spend their money on people of color, they spent it on themselves! They spent it on themselves! Let’s be honest!
They took a billion dollars, a billion dollars, a billion dollars, and set it on fire, and called it a campaign! That wasn’t a campaign! That’s not a campaign!
A billion dollars for consultants. A billion dollars for pollsters. A billion dollars for a data operation, that was run by data dummies who couldn’t figure out that maybe folks in Michigan needed to be organized.
That wasn’t a campaign. it was a boondoggle. And now they want us to fight about whether black folks or white workers or Latinos or any other group or any other group should get the money. First of all, you need to give the money back to the people …
Here’s my Sunday Smack to you:
Is Van Jones correct?
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