Van Jones’s message to Bullshit Liberals

Matt Orfalea
2 min readAug 10, 2017

Van Jones has a serious message for college students who interpret words as violence and want to make their campuses “safe spaces” —where they are protected from provocative speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos.

52:05 “I don’t want you to be safe…”

“I got tough talk for my liberal colleagues on these campuses…I don’t want you to be safe, ideologically. I don’t want you to be safe, emotionally. I want you to be strong. That’s different. I’m not going to pave the jungle for you. Put on some boots, and learn how to deal with adversity. I’m not going to take all the weights out of the gym; that’s the whole point of the gym! This is the gym.”

You can’t live on a campus where people say stuff you don’t like?! And these people can’t fire you, they can’t arrest you, they can’t beat you up. They can just say stuff you don’t like! — And you get to stay stuff back! And this you cannot bear? This is ridiculous BS liberals!

My parents…they dealt with firehoses! They dealt with dogs! They dealt with beatings! You can’t deal with a mean tweet?!

You are creating a kind of liberalism that the minute it crosses the street into the real world is not just useless but obnoxious and dangerous.

I want you to be deeply aggrieved, offended, and upset, and then learn how to speak back. Because that’s what we need from you…”

-Van Jones

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