CNN's Van Jones Rebuffs 'Black-On-Black' Chicago Crime Claim By Conservative Author

Conservative author and Heritage Foundation fellow Stephen Moore was abruptly cut off by CNN's Van Jones after the native Chicagoan said he understands school violence on a first-hand basis.

A discussion between Van Jones, Moore and CNN's Erin Burnett quickly devolved into a racial shouting match regarding discipline within inner-city schools. Moore, a former Wall Street Journal editorial board member, said the problem with public schools in Washington D.C. and Chicago is the "shouting, and shoving and swearing and fighting in the halls" as opposed to pristine private Catholic schools in the same district. Van Jones interrupted Moore by saying the conservative economist was taking his "time to attack black people."

"I wonder if there's any American who really believes that the problem with our government schools today is that there is too little discipline," Moore began. "I mean, Van, I got to say, I'm disappointed in you. I have great respect for you, but the problem is, you know, I've been to a lot of these public inner-city high schools in places like Detroit, or my hometown of Chicago, or Washington, D.C., and you go into these schools and you see the utter chaos that goes on."

Moore continued, "The shouting, and shoving, and swearing, and fighting in the halls, and then you go down the street to the Catholic high school that's really a block away, and you can hear a pin drop in those schools and there's learning going on. The issue for minorities, Van, as you know, is that these kids are not learning. We're -- it's almost like educational...".

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Conservative author and Heritage Foundation fellow Stephen Moore was abruptly cut off by CNN's Van Jones after the native Chicagoan said he understands school violence on a first-hand basis. Screenshot: Fox Business

CNN's Burnett cut him off to ask him the point of his comparison between parochial and public schools in the inner cities of America.

Moore interjected as Burnett laid out her point the Trump administration is rolling back Obama administration policies on school shootings despite the fact most "alleged shooters are white."

"Maybe not school shooting, but you know, I have been to some of these schools...", Moore said, before Van Jones cut him off.

"Listen, you've had your turn. You've had your turn. I get a chance to respond, Steve," Van Jones said, before Moore cut back in to the conversation. "I have been to those schools and I have seen kids beaten up by other black students. These are blacks fighting other black students and...".

Van Jones then labeled Moore's commentary as an "attack on black people."

"If you want to take your time to attack Black people, go ahead," responded Van Jones. "When you get finished though, I want to talk about the actual issue. When you get finished I want to talk about the actual issue. You want to take your time to talk about these schools, but here's the problem that we have: We have kids who are going to schools that do have big problems, and what's happening is we're making those problems worse by pushing kids out of the schools into the prison system when some of those kids could and should be saved, and we actually work harder to save the white kids who get in trouble than the Black kids, and that's wrong. These are two separate issues."

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