Van Jones Issues An Apology To The Jewish Community For Kanye On Behalf Of Black People, Allegedly
Updated Dec. 8, 2022
Van Jones issued an apology on behalf of the Black community when he spoke about antisemitic views during his speech at the UJA-Federation of New York Wall Street Dinner on Tuesday, reported via a tweet by senior political reporter of The Forward, Jacob Kornbluh. Jones specifically addressed the comments of Kanye West, who recently went on Alex Jones’ show and said “I like Hitler.”
According to Aceshowbiz, Van Jones said he apologizes to the Jewish community “for the silence of my community” and allowing “an African American icon praising Hitler and Nazis.”
“And we act like we don’t know where that hatred came from,” the CNN anchor said, adding that “the silence is over.”
Keynoting the @UJAfedNY Wall St dinner, @VanJones68 apologizes to the Jewish community “for the silence of my community” allowing “an African American icon praising Hitler and Nazis, and we act like we don’t know where that hatred came from.”
But he says “the silence is over.” pic.twitter.com/kYxLO7Jikf
— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) December 6, 2022
Jones called for peace between Black and Jewish people.
“The reason this country is a democracy at all is because Black and Jewish people have loved each other and helped each other and supported each other,” he told the audience.
“The reason this country is a democracy at all is because Black and Jewish people have loved each other, and helped each other, and supported each other, and stood up for each other.” —@VanJones68, our Wall Street Dinner keynote speaker.
Watch just part of his incredible speech: pic.twitter.com/B7FONR0fOi
— UJA-Federation of New York (@UJAfedNY) December 6, 2022
Some people pushed back against Jones after he apologized on behalf of the Black community.
“Van you don’t speak for me, I don’t support Kanye or you,” one person said.
Many more people made similar comments.
Van Jones has in no way been asked nor elected to speak for the Black community.
That being said, the “Black community” has been telling *all* folk not listen to Kªnye for 5-7 years ago but no one headed our warnings.
This is type Van kisses up to pic.twitter.com/3w2mFW7CX3
— Air Harp (owner of NattyGirl apparel) (@AirHarp) December 7, 2022
Please only speak for yourself.
— GangsterKitten (@GigiClapsBack) December 7, 2022
In a turn of events, Kornbluh backtracked his initial tweet, writing, “CLARIFICATION: @vanjones68 did not apologize for alleged Black silence about Kanye. To the contrary: he stressed that many in his community are speaking out forcefully. In speech, he said he was sorry that he + others didn’t do more before Kanye. Apologies for any confusion.”
But a full transcript of Jones’ speech, shared by writer Michael Harriot, showed otherwise.
I mean… Aight…https://t.co/rAfYrOlqAN https://t.co/3kMFq126xU pic.twitter.com/3Az4oDqXhx
— Michael Harriot (@michaelharriot) December 7, 2022
The UJA-Federation of New York raises funds to support organizations providing health and human services to New Yorkers, as well as Jewish Community Centers, low-income students and single parents.