President Barack Obama's environmental adviser Van Jones, who became embroiled in a controversy over past inflammatory statements, has resigned his White House job after what he calls a "vicious smear campaign against me."From AP here. (Emphasis mine)
A former civil rights activist in the San Francisco area, Jones told the East Bay Express in 2005 that the acquittal of Rodney King's assailants in 1992 in that infamous police brutality case changed him significantly.From ABC News Here (Emphasis mine)
"I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th," he said. "By August, I was a communist.."
Jones and other young activists in 1994 formed a group called Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM, rooted in Marxism and Leninsm. Two years later, Jones launched the Ella Baker Center, an Oakland, Calif., based "strategy and action center" which states that it tries to "promote positive alternatives to violence and incarceration."
It was many of the associations formed around this time that served as fodder for conservative critics. In a New Yorker profile of Jones from earlier this year, Jones described his modus operandi as “traditional activism, the politics of confrontation and outrage. I was proud to be hated by the city fathers on both sides of the Bay.”
And from Powerline.com. "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:" See and hear the rest here.
What a charming character is Mr. Jones. He uses the the manufactured "politics of confrontation and outrage" as his form of "traditional" activism. He produces racist "music" records. He signs petitions claiming unthinkably horrible things. He says and claims unthinkably horrible things. And yet, when faced with the rejection of his thoughts and deeds, accuses everyone else of committing a "vicious smear campaign against me" filled apparently with "lies and deception".
Oh really, Mr. Jones? Was this a lie? Or this? You were caught on tape! You said it in print. It was all you. YOU. And while I sincerely hope you don't play the race card. I'm fairly certain you will. Crawl back under your loathsome rock, Mr. Jones. Your 15 minutes are up.