It was absolutely appalling when presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump called for the nationwide profiling of Muslims, a policy that would effectively be state-sanctioned discrimination, morally questionable surveillance and a flagrant rejection of American values in the name of domestic security. In an epic takedown, CNN‘s Van Jones resorted to using actual facts and statistics to show that Trump’s concern for naturally security is just masquerading racism, founded on lies designed to scare the public. In reality, young white men are extraordinarily more likely to commit mass shootings than Muslim Americans – so clearly if we want to profile citizens for extra surveillance we should start there.
“I just think it’s really interesting that we’re talking about racially profiling in the context of mass shootings,” Jones noted. “The vast majority of the people who are doing the mass shootings in America aren’t Muslims at all.”
“Young white men,” CNN host Brooke Baldwin sighed. Jones continued: “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.”
“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,’” he added. “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.”
Right wing policies that target minority groups clearly don’t do so because minorities actually pose legitimate threats; this is racist, bigoted fear-mongering at its finest, preying upon white America’s unease now that it has lost its racially superior status over non-Christian people of color. We need more people like Jones spreading the truth so Americans will finally stop falling for the deception used by the right wing to cover up their discriminatory agenda.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.