This has to be the last straw: Verum Serum has found that in addition to has other unsavory activities, Van Jones has a past as a record producer. That’s right; his “civil rights” group, the Ella Baker Center, produced a handful of CDs between 2002 and 2006. One of them, which appears to have been made around 2002, “starred” convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal, who presumably recorded his portions of the album in prison. Here is the album cover:
The CD consists of mindless anti-Americanism of the usual pedestrian sort; here are some sample “lyrics”:
The American way manufactured by white folk in office, by these rich men here to mock us. The United States; a piece of stolen land led by right-wing, war-hungry, oil thirsty… And when it’s all said and done still can’t [garbled] the wrong place cause they got people of color playing servant to do that shit for them; mother fuckers ready to wipe out soft targets on territories harboring terrorists?
The true terrorists are made in the U.S.
Jones not only produced the album, he actually appears on it. You can listen to excerpts below; it is creepy hearing Mumia introduce himself at the beginning. Jones joins in at around 3:50:
Jones’s monologue is consistent with the album’s overall theme, the U.S. as imperialist, but he focuses specifically on Israel:
The end of the occupation. The right of return of the Palestinian people. These are critical dividing lines in human rights. We have to be here. No American would put up with an Israeli-style occupation of their hometown for 53 days let alone 54 years. US tax dollars are funding violence against people of color inside the US borders and outside the US borders.
Note that Jones dates Israel’s “occupation” of Arab lands to 1948.
It seems inconceivable that Jones can retain a job in the Obama administration.
SCOTT adds: Reader Alfred Lemire transcribes the comments from which John takes the second block quote above as follows:
Human rights has [sic] no borders. Wherever there are human beings, I support it. We’re human rights activists, and show support, show solidarity.
What we want to see at this point is the rights of the Palestinian people being respected. And at this point, the end of the occupation, the right of return of the Palestinian people. These are the critical dividing lines, global dividing lines, questions of human rights. We have to be here. No American would put up with an Israeli-style occupation of their hometown for 53 days, let alone 54 years.
We see violence against poor people, and poor people of color, within the US border, at the US border, and beyond the US border. And you see US tax dollars funding all of it. And so we have now a global struggle against the US-led security apparatus and military agenda that impacts people here and impacts people around the world, and I think that we need to see our problems as linked.