Reprinted with permission from Alternet
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner—who like his boss and father-in-law President Donald Trump is a product of his family's fortune—was mercilessly lambasted on social media on Monday after he mocked Black Lives Matter activists and suggested that many Black people don't want to be successful.
Appearing on the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends, Kushner—some of whose $1.8 billion family fortune was amassed off the misfortune and suffering of Black people—and the hosts discussed economic issues facing the Black community. Racism was not mentioned. Kushner did touch upon the subject, albeit in a decidedly derisive fashion. After mentioning George Floyd, the unarmed Black man killed in May by Minneapolis police, Kushner accused people who expressed support for Black lives of "virtual signaling."
"They'd go on Instagram and cry or they would put a slogan on their jersey or write something on a basketball court," he said. "And quite frankly, that was doing more to polarize the country than it was to bring people forward."
Jared Kushner on the Black community: "President Trump's policies are the policies that can help people break out o… https://t.co/IAnkqXlJ66— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1603722190.0
While admitting that Black Americans overwhelmingly vote for Democrats, Kushner asserted that Trump's "Platinum Plan"—which seeks to help Black people through capitalism-based solutions without acknowledging the existence of racism as an obstacle to opportunity—and other policies "can help people break out of the problems that they're complaining about, but he can't help them be successful more than they want to be successful."
The Democratic National Committee released a statement blasting Kushner for demeaning racial justice protests as mere "complaining."
"This dismissive approach to the issues that Black voters care about is indicative of Trump's callousness and disregard for the lives of Black people," the statement said.
Reaction to Kushner's remarks came fast and fierce on social media:
Just count the number of “successful” Blacks voting against this failed presidency—risking their lives in a pandemi… https://t.co/MQ26G9FREw— 𝐑𝐞𝐯. 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐦 𝐁𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 (@𝐑𝐞𝐯. 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐦 𝐁𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬) 1603745798.0
Jared Kushner wants to distract white voters with images of “complaining” and “lazy” Black people so they won’t vot… https://t.co/9Ee5XFg7Pd— Jamaal Bowman (@Jamaal Bowman) 1603736247.0
Jared Kushner speaks as if Black people are lazy complainers who don't want to be successful. This blatant DISRESPE… https://t.co/Tt9lJjighF— Ben Crump (@Ben Crump) 1603727760.0
worth noting that “they just don’t want to work” has been in the racist’s bag of rhetorical tricks since the moment… https://t.co/kFXk4aLG5n— b-boy boooo-eebaisse (@b-boy boooo-eebaisse) 1603734652.0
If it weren't for nepotism, @jaredkushner would be Jared, the creepy north Jersey accountant with a weird voice who… https://t.co/dTaLWEBu17— Franklin Leonard (@Franklin Leonard) 1603737429.0
Jared Kushner the highest ranking slumlord in the country calling black ppl lazy https://t.co/hufUEvRaAZ— Rafat Sanni (@Rafat Sanni) 1603728754.0
Just what black people love. Being lectured by some rich kid who never had to earn anything. Why don't you Go Fuck Yourself Jared Kushner?— Alex Cole (@Alex Cole) 1603729245.0
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