The self-absorbed Tennessee House member Justin Jones speaks in regurgitated leftist talking points.
Listening to him on the House floor and in media interviews, shows his extreme racist and biased lens without which, he would have no platform. For him, racism and bigotry is a one-way street, as in, like Jones if you identify as black, then you cannot or ever be, a racist.
Jones accused House members who voted to expel him as a “racist vote” and enforcement of the House rules of decorum as a “white supremacist system”.
His accusation of racism and bigotry would be laughable if not so pathetically hypocritical in that he leveled these accusations while talking to Al Sharpton, a black man widely known for his extreme hatred, racist comments and bigotry against Jews.
Sharpton has a “long history of bigotry that includes anti-white racism, antisemitism, and demonization of law enforcement.” During a 2019 Congressional hearing, a resolution from 2000 titled Condemning the racist and anti-Semitic views of the Reverend Al Sharpton was introduced.
The resolution was originally introduced by Joe Scarborough who at that time was a Republican from Florida; he is now a leftist MSNBC talk show host – same network as Sharpton’s show. Statements in the resolution include:
Whereas the Reverend Al Sharpton has referred to members of the Jewish faith as ‘bloodsucking [J]ews’, and ‘Jew bastards’;
Whereas the Reverend Al Sharpton has referred to members of the Jewish faith as ‘white interlopers’ and ‘diamond merchants’
In 1991, Sharpton helped to incite a vicious riot in the heavily New York Jewish neighborhood of Crown Heights. Sharpton led “a parade of rioters who burned the Israeli flag and chanted ‘Death to the Jews,’ Sharpton rose to national prominence when he delivered a revoltingly anti-Semitic eulogy at Cato’s funeral, thundering that the Jewish residents of Crown Heights practiced apartheid, were only there to further the global Jewish grip on money and power and must therefore ‘pay for their deeds.’”
A recent piece in American Thinker poses the question of whether Hakeem Jeffries, the first Black minority Speaker of the House, is a racist. “Like many blacks, he may believe he can’t be a racist because blacks don’t have the “power to effectuate their prejudices,” or when blacks slur whites, they aren’t slurs because they’re truisms to achieve equity. Jeffries’ position highlights why American anti-racism programs won’t be successful until they eliminate that mindset and, instead, encourage blacks to be honest about their racism.”
The article quotes Walter Williams, a conservative economist and himself a black man, who refers to Al Sharpton as a “race hustler”, a term used to describe someone who uses race to inject tension, division and cultivate hate between and among people of different races. Williams wrote that “race hustlers of any color hurt the country“.
Before yesterday’s House floor session, Jones had already labelled voting as racist and the Republican side of the aisle as a system of “white supremacy”.
Looking for racism under every rock and from every Republican without which Jones has no platform, during yesterday’s floor session, Jones said that Rep. Jason Zachary’s bill, HB158, is a bill based in “white fragility”.
Zachary’s bill prohibits school districts, higher education or the state Department of Education from requiring implicit bias training for educators.
Predictably, the bill passed both the House and Senate on party lines and will make its way to Bill Lee to decide whether he will sign it into law or let it go into law without his signature.
Showing his immaturity by taunting and baiting Republican members, Jones makes it clear that he has no respect for the institution or members who do not share his political and/or social justice platform.
When Jones called House member Rep. Sabi Kumar “the brown face of white supremacy”, was that implicit bias or race hustling? Sadly for Jones, name-calling and using racist slurs will not earn him any degree of respect or create any bridge for credible dialogue that may move his issues of concern forward.