In Saturday night's late-night diary about the Jones resignation, I commented in the discussion threads that before the day was out today (Sunday), cries of "racism!" would sound. And just as predictably as the sun rising in the morning, there they are.
From page 2 of the Politico story, published late Sunday:
Some progressives said they saw racial overtones in Jones’ departure – which came as critics began to step up their scrutiny of Jones’ past words of support for Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther on death row whose murder conviction in the death of a police officer is a cause célèbre for some on the left.
"It struck me, why go after this guy? He is a minor player, he has no power, no budget, why take him? It's because he looks like Obama and he has all those same attributes of being well-educated and he’s an electrifying speaker with an elite education," said John Anner, a good friend of Jones and former chair of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, an organization Jones founded in Oakland. "It seems to me that he is symbolic of what the Obama administration is and could be and that's inspiring for me, but for some people on the right, it's terrifying and threatening.”
No one should be surprised at this at all, for apparently it is impossible for conservatives and/or Republicans to oppose anyone who isn't white without spawning accusations of racism. As so many have written already in recent months, Obama's so-called "post-racial" America is...not. And folks, it isn't the conservatives and the GOP who brought this on - it is the leftists who cry "RACISTS!" every time something doesn't go their way.
Here's a clue, race-baiters: sometimes a person is just wrong, no matter what their melanin level, and that was clearly the case with Van Jones. Furthermore, on the czar-hunting front, I personally believe the next one we need to expose is John Holdren, Obama's "science czar." And guess what: he's white.