In response to Donald Trump’s call for racial profiling, Van Jones tells CNN that white men are seven times more likely to commit mass shootings than Muslims.
On Sunday, during a CBS interview on “Face The Nation,” Donald Trump announced that it’s time for the United States to start racially profiling – particularly Muslims.
Well I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country. Other countries do it, you look at Israel and you look at others, they do it and they do it successfully. And I hate the concept of profiling but we have to start using common sense and we have to use our heads.
“It’s not the worst thing to do,” Trump added.
Trump went on to say that it’s just common sense. Common sense? He’s right and makes a lot of sense. We should be profiling the types of people in this country who are responsible for the majority of shootings.
CNN commentator and political activist Van Jones responded to Trump’s idea of racially profiling Muslims with something Trump and most conservatives seem to be immune to. Facts. Van Jones used facts.
“I just think it’s really interesting that we’re talking about racially profiling in the context of mass shootings,” Jones said. “The vast majority of the people who are doing the mass shootings in America aren’t Muslims at all.”
Who are they pray tell? CNN host Brooke Baldwin interjected with the answer. “Young white men,” she said.
“You are seven times more likely to be killed by a right wing extremist — a racist or an anti-government nutjob — seven times more likely than a Muslim,” Jones added.
But here’s the thing: Nobody wants to hear that, and it’s easier to blame “them” as the imminent danger and Trump is very good at playing on people’s fears, phobias, and bigotry, saying:
When you look at, when you look at people within the Muslim community and where people are living and they don’t report, and a good example of that would be San Bernardino. I mean, they had bombs all over their apartment floor and people saw it and nobody reported them, and 14 people were killed, many injured.
Very little of which is true, but it’s become apparent that Trump doesn’t need to work with facts. Why would he, when his followers believe what he says, no matter how insane.
Van Jones makes his point even clearer towards the end of the interview on CNN:
If I came on TV and said let’s start racially profiling white men, let’s start racially profiling young, white men who are loners with bowl haircuts, people would think, ‘Wow, that’s a pretty unfortunate conclusion for you to come to.’ If a Christian shoots somebody, we don’t say a Christian shot them. But if a Muslim shoots somebody, we say a Muslim shot them. I think that’s starting to muddy the waters.
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