Political activist, attorney, and CNN talking head Van Jones was a moment of pure, unfiltered sanity last night on CNN's Anderson 360 round table, in an election of complete insanity. Jones' unbelievably poignant words, against the glee of two pro-Trump analysts, summed up yesterday's shocking presidential election, and what it truly was: the undercurrent of vehement racism sewn into America's DNA.
Referring to it as a "white lash," Jones explained it as a counter to progress.
People have talked about a miracle; I'm hearing about a nightmare. It's hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. You tell your kids, 'Don't be a bully.' You tell your kids, 'Don't be a bigot.' You tell your kids, 'Do your homework, and be prepared.' And then you have this outcome, and you have people putting children to bed tonight, and they're afraid of breakfast. They're afraid of, 'How do I explain this to my children?' I have Muslim friends who are texting me tonight, saying, 'Should I leave the country?' Families of immigrants that are terrified tonight.
This [election] was many things: this was a rebellion against the elites; a complete reinvention of politics, and polls. But it was also something else. We've talked about everything but race tonight; we've talked about income, about class, about regions. This was a white lash. This was a white lash against a changing country. A white lash against a black president, in part, and that's the part where the pain comes.