Jared Kushner received major backlash last week for comments that he made during a Fox News interview. Kushner stated during the interview that Black people must “want to be successful.”
Many people took offense to Kushner’s comments including Hollywood director and producer Spike Lee.
“Look, I am so tired of white folks telling us what we need to do,” Lee, an Oscar-winning filmmaker, stated during an interview on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s ‘The Joe Madison Show.’
“How could this guy, how could this punk ass say what black folks need to do? It’s like there wasn’t 400 years of slavery, systematic racism. We can go on list, list, list, list up. We want everything that all Americans want, but this thing has been set up so we can’t get there. And that’s what this election is about. So, for this guy to say that black people that we don’t want to succeed? Hey, let him come to Brooklyn talking that. Let him come to Harlem talking that mess.”
Host Joe Madison then stated: “I’m certain what drove you to succeed is what drives me to succeed and people we know. We didn’t all … take an elevator to the top. Did you?”
“No. … Look, here’s another thing, though — we can’t get sidetracked. They’re trying to … take our eyes off the prize. … First of all, that guy’s a punk. Second of all … the United States of America was built by the stealing of the land from the native Americans and the genocide of Americans coupled with slavery. So, we built this country! So, what the hell is he talking about? We don’t want to succeed? He’s nuts!” Lee added.
The fact that Kushner didn’t earn his fortune, but instead was born into made his comments even more derogatory.
You can view the Fox News interview in which Kushner made the offending comments below.
Former President Barack Obama was also vocal about Kusher recently another campaign stop in Florida for his ex-Vice President Joe Biden.
Obama took aim at Kushner after some troubling comments he made Monday. “[Kushner] says Black folks have to want to be successful,” the prior Commander-in-Chief claimed. “Who are these folks? What history books do they read? Who do they talk to?”
As Obama went on to slam Trump as well. “He loves to talk about Black unemployment. Unemployment was really high when I came in and we brought that unemployment low and it kept on going low and he wants to take credit for it.”
Obama looked to be firing on all cylinders there. In addition he hammered Trump for the way he handled the pandemic. Obama argued that Trump was more interested in the media coverage of his response. And he continued to hammer his successor. Obama throwing some heat here looking to strike Trump out.
“If we were focused on Covid now, the White House wouldn't be having its second outbreak in a month,” Barack Obama says to Orlando voters, adding that President Trump has "turned the White House into a hot zone” pic.twitter.com/R3RABEi9WB— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 27, 2020
The White House would soon counter Obama. “Not only is the former president taking Senior Advisor Jared Kushner out of context, he’s trying to take credit for President Trump’s undeniable record of accomplishments for the Black community,” Plus added a number of accomplishments before saying, “…unlike Democrats who are all talk, no action.”
The Democratic National Committee also 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. Social media was quick to hit back against Kushner’s comments.
“Jared Kushner is the face of white privilege and nepotism. He doesn’t want to change our racist, broken system because he benefits from it,” tweeted Rep. Barbara Lee.
Jared Kushner is the face of white privilege and nepotism. He doesn't want to change our racist, broken system because he benefits from it.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) October 26, 2020
He’s the last person that should be lecturing the Black community on the value of “hard work.” https://t.co/KyuTgPZv9a
Dear #JaredKushner , You say “Blacks don’t want to be successful?” My enslaved grandfather fought for his country in the Civil War, led a strike for fair wages in 1876, & died a success—in poverty. Your ancestors left you wealth, mine left us a nation,” tweeted Rev. Cornell Williams Brooks.