We first saw Van Jones as a co-host on the short lived CNN’s Crossfire in 2013 but he had been behind the scenes working tirelessly for years before that. He is a co-founder of several nonprofit organizations, including the Dream Corps, a “social justice accelerator that operates three advocacy initiatives: #cut50, #Yeswecode and Green for All. He is the author of 3 New York Times bestsellers; The Green Collar Economy, Rebuild the Dream and Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together. He served as President Barack Obama’s Special Advisor for Green Jobs and is a distinguished visiting fellow at Princeton University. He is currently a regular CNN contributor and the host of The Van Jones Show. Are you watching the show? Here’s why you should:
This is Sesame Street for grown people
Van is not afraid to ask the tough questions and get to the heart of the matter
|Meghan McCain and Van Jones|
Van interviewed Bernie Sanders and Meghan McCain and didn’t focus on their politics. It is clear that we are missing the human connection in today’s current climate and lines have been drawn in the sand; you can only be on one side or the other and despise the side you’re not on. No one wants to see our commonalities and that at our core, we are all the same. Van focused on Bernie’s upbringing and his family history. He showed a clip of John McCain on the 2008 campaign trail and how he shut down a supporter who tried to call Barack Obama an Arab while interviewing Meghan. The show emphasizes how it is okay to have opposing views but still be kind to one another while doing so.
He doesn’t sugarcoat racism
Van saw how rampant drugs were at Yale when he attended and how none of the white kids were sent to prison over it, it was just something young kids did. A few blocks over black kids were doing the very same thing and were sent to prison. He calls out the countless blatant examples of racism in America and how it is justified through political correctness and unfairness. Van Jones is not having it and it is a pleasure to watch him give it to the people straight no chaser.
So far Van has interviewed Jay-Z, Oprah, Ava DuVernay, Jennifer Hudson, Steph Curry, Al Gore, Bernie Sanders and Meghan McCain. The show airs every other Saturday at 7PM on CNN