This morning on CNN’s Newsday future Crossfire co-hosts, Van Jones and Newt Gingrich went toe to toe over the Trayvon Martin case and what it means on a larger scale.
In typical conservative fashion, Gingrich found a way to bring President Obama into the fray by pointing out that his “hometown” of Chicago had 350 murders committed last year against African-Americans.
“If we want to talk about saving African American lives, 350 African Americans were killed in Chicago last year. Why isn’t the Justice Department concerned about developing a task force that involves all of those people of color that were killed in the president’s hometown?”
Jones responded as if he were waiting for that specific question,
“I was shocked to hear people talking about Chicago all the time. Just because you had two kids killed by a gang member, and one kid killed by a vigilante, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care about the kid killed by a vigilante. There’s too much gun violence overall, but the fact that there is gang violence does not mean we shouldn’t be concerned about vigilante violence.”
Gingrich went on to defend the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman and criticize an overzealous prosecution.
“I respect those jurors, but there is now a concern about, is this a green light for vigilante violence against young blacks? There is a danger now that you have to dress your kid in a tuxedo to send them out the door to buy Skittles, because somebody might confront them. And also, as a black parent, there’s a concern: if my child is confronted by a stranger with a gun, are they supposed to lie, spread eagle, do whatever they’re told?”
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