Van Jones came to national prominence as President Barack Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar” during his first term.
Even though Jones is a true believer in President Obama’s mission of uniting the country — as he paraphrased one of the president’s best-known speeches, “no black America, no white America, no red states, no blue states,” — he now says he’s disappointed in the state of race relations in America.
Jones says Obama has failed in bringing the country together:
“All the speeches and all the tears did not bring us together. We now enter 2017 as the divided states of America. Divided by region and divided by race. The big question: Can Donald Trump succeed where Obama failed?”
Jones, who went from the Obama White House to a job as a CNN guest commentator and now the host of his own show, “The Messy Truth,” concluded that it’s not the job of government to solve race problems, and the task should be left to individuals to sort out.
Jones added that presidents “cannot heal our deepest wounds.”